Results 1–20 of 449 for speaker:Lord Baker of Dorking

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Coronavirus (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students at (1) secondary schools, (2) sixth forms, and (3) University Technical Colleges, did not attend in the week ending 2 October because they were isolating or quarantined; and how many of those students had access to a computer and an internet connection to facilitate remote learning.

Youth Unemployment - Private Notice Question (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: In July, about a quarter of a million 18 year-olds left schools, sixth-forms and other colleges. Most of them are now on the unemployment register. I accept that Kickstart will help trainees to some extent, but much more is needed. An unemployed 18 year-old should be able to take a one-year course, such as an HND or an HNC, to acquire better skills. If they do this, however, they must pay...

Social Mobility - Question (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: My Lords, I must declare my interest as the promoter of university technical colleges, which are major agents of social mobility, as we have a very challenging intake. I give just one statistic. In July of this year, our UTC in Tower Hamlets, the Mulberry UTC, had 78 leavers, mainly girls, most with English as a second language, and generally within the school, 40% come from deprived homes....

Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Post-16 Education - Statement (6 Oct 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: My Lords, I fully support the speech made by the Prime Minister a week ago in Devon, when he set an ambitious target of equalising practical and technical education with academic education. That is a very ambitious target which no Prime Minister since 1945 has had or indeed implemented, and it has my full support. I am very grateful for the mention of the colleges that I support, the...

Covid-19: School Students Learning From Home - Question (5 Oct 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: When schools are disrupted or closed by Covid, the Government’s policy is that remote education will be provided immediately. That is impractical and virtually impossible. Last week in Hastings, the most deprived coastal town in the south of England, an academy had to close suddenly; 1,000 students and many others did not attend for 10 days. In Hove, 11 teachers could not turn...

Education: A-level Results - Question (23 Sep 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: Algorithms were a failure this year; they will not happen next year. Today, there are thousands of students—possibly even hundreds of thousands of students—who are not at school because of the lack of testing. On Monday, Liverpool University Technical College had to send home all year 10, year 11 and year 12 children—hundreds of children, who may be out for 10 days. This will happen...

Examinations: A-level and GCSE - Question (15 Sep 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: Three independent research bodies have now reported that during lockdown a fifth of students had no access to a computer or had access for less than an hour—that is, 1.7 million students, and they are the disadvantaged. I fail to see how they can catch up on five months’ education in 12 months—it is utterly impossible. We should not count too much on tutoring, as most tutors have never...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Arts: GCSE (30 Jul 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many GCSE entrants there were in (1) art, (2) music, (3) dance, and (4) drama, in (a) the 2010, and (b) the 2020, academic years.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Computers: Primary Education (29 Jul 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many primary schools taught computer coding in the current academic year.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Printing (29 Jul 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) primary, and (2) secondary, schools have installed a 3D printer.

Schools: Arts Teaching - Question (22 Jul 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: I declare my chairmanship of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which sustains and supports 48 university technical colleges. I am afraid that I do not share the Minister’s optimism. There is a real danger that in GCSEs next year the arts and cultural subjects are likely to be dropped or made second rate—indeed, the advice from Ofqual and examining boards is to focus just on eight...

Employment: Young People - Question (20 Jul 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: I declare my interest as chairman of the Baker Dearing trust, which promotes university technical colleges. Is the Minister aware that on Friday of next week, about 300,000 18 year-olds will leave their colleges and schools for the last time and will be joined by tens of thousands of 16 year-olds? Our job as a Government and as a Parliament is to ensure that as few as possible of those join...

Education Settings: Autumn Opening - Statement (8 Jul 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: My Lords, I am particularly concerned about the less gifted and disadvantaged children when schools open. Many have lost three months of teaching, yet they will be expected to take GCSE exams next summer which are virtually the same for subjects as they were this year or last year. There has been no reduction in the subject content of GCSE subjects; the things dropped include field trips for...

Schools: Online Support for Pupils - Question (18 Jun 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: I declare my interest as chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which promotes university technical colleges. Is the Minister aware that, this morning, 47 of the 48 university technical colleges have teachers and students in them engaged in the learning process? If we can do it, any secondary school in the country can do it. They should not wait until September, which is 75 days...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Students: Computers (16 Jun 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) laptops, and (2) other computers, have been distributed to disadvantaged students under their digital devices and internet access scheme.

Education Settings: Wider Opening - Statement (11 Jun 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: It is 80 days from today until September, when secondary schools are expected to open. Those are 80 days during which schools will be closed, padlocked and empty. I think that that is unacceptable. They should become learning centres during June, July, August and September. Will my noble friend encourage the Secretary of State to urge for the reopening of secondary schools as soon as...

Covid-19: Schools - Question (3 Jun 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: My Lords, I declare my interest as chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which supports university technical colleges. I am concerned about disadvantaged students, of which there are many. Some 300,000 students a year fail to get above level 4 in maths and English. They have lost 10 weeks of education and will be out of school for nearly five months of the year. To expect them to...

Covid-19: Schools - Statement (14 May 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: The Government are completely right to invite students at years 10 and 12 to attend school on 1 June this year, because they will be taking GCSE and A levels next summer, but they have lost a whole term’s teaching and disadvantaged students will never be able to catch up on that time. Will the Minister ensure that Ofqual and the examining boards reduce the content of those exams next year...

Higher Education - Private Notice Question (6 May 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: May I congratulate the Government on increasing the number of extra graduates this year? The number amounts to about 34,000, and the Government will insist on certain courses for 10,000. I suggest that they should insist only on courses for the entire number that are related to improving the British economy. We need more technically trained people: more doctors, dentists, midwives, nurses...

House of Lords: Remote Proceedings - Question (21 Apr 2020)

Lord Baker of Dorking: My Lords, many congratulations to the team that has made this technological advance available. It is an historic day because we have shown that you can hold a Government to account not necessarily by being physically present in a Chamber in London. Whatever happens to our House, this will have some future in it. The really exciting time is now Questions because here we are, 35 MPs,...


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