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All 11 results for speaker:Baroness Brigstocke

Higher Education Bill (19 Apr 2004)

Baroness Brigstocke: My Lords, as the 37th speaker in this exhilarating debate, I shall be brief. Much of what I had intended to say has already been said so eloquently by academics, senior civil servants and those noble Lords who have distinguished themselves without the benefit of a university education. However, I am loath to speak at all. After 50 years working in secondary schools in this country and the...

Vocational Education in Schools (19 Apr 2004)

Baroness Brigstocke: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to improve vocational education in schools.

Vocational Education in Schools (19 Apr 2004)

Baroness Brigstocke: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply, but it does not altogether meet my concerns. Is the Minister aware of the concerns voiced by teachers at the beginning, when the Advanced Vocational Certificate in Education was introduced a few years ago? Does she realise that teachers feared then and now that this new vocational qualification would be far too much like A-levels and would not...

Special Educational Needs (3 Mar 2004)

Baroness Brigstocke: My Lords, all must applaud the Government's sentiments as set out in the recent document. For me, the most important word in the document is "support". It is not only the fragile—a word used by the noble Baroness, Lady Linklater—children who need support. Their fragile parents and often their rather fragile teachers, who sometimes encounter cases of extreme behaviour with which they do...

Children and Parents (26 Mar 2003)

Baroness Brigstocke: My Lords, what an important and absorbing subject the noble Lord, Lord Northbourne, has chosen to introduce today. I offer him my sincere thanks and warm congratulations. As a secondary school teacher for almost 40 years and, over the past 10 years, as chairman of governors of a large inner-city technology college, I have never doubted the importance of the early years in the moulding and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Privately-funded FE and HE Institutions (10 Dec 2002)

Baroness Brigstocke: asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) how many privately-funded institutions of further and higher education there are in the United Kingdom; (b) how many students are enrolled in these institutions, and how many of these students are from overseas; and (c) what arrangements there are for ensuring that these institutions are bona fide educational establishments and are of good quality.

Phonics (22 Nov 2001)

Baroness Brigstocke: asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the recent Ofsted paper on the teaching of phonics, what further action they will take to secure the proper teaching of phonics in primary schools and teacher training colleges.

Phonics (22 Nov 2001)

Baroness Brigstocke: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. I agree that a start has been made, but I hope that she agrees that many of the comments in the Ofsted report are still worrying. Does she have any plans for improving the teaching of phonics, which are acknowledged to help enormously with the learning of reading and writing, particularly for year 3—the eight and nine year-olds—where the...

Post-16 Education (14 Nov 2001)

Baroness Brigstocke: My Lords, first, I must apologise to the House and especially to the Minister because a long-standing commitment means that I shall have to leave the debate early. Today I speak as the chairman of Landau Forte College, which is a city technology college and a comprehensive school in Derby. I have been its chairman for nine years. Children, and that includes those who are 16-plus, are candles...

Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [H.L.] (19 Dec 2000)

Baroness Brigstocke: My Lords, first, I must apologise to the Minister and to the House because I may not be able to stay until the end of the Second Reading debate. I have a longstanding evening engagement. Secondly, I must declare my interest. For the past eight years, I have been chairman of Landau Forte College, a large, fully comprehensive school in inner city Derby. It is one of the 15 city technology...

Teachers' Pay (10 Apr 2000)

Baroness Brigstocke: My Lords, I have one point to make on the Government's plans to implement performance-related pay for teachers in schools. First, I shall declare an interest. For 25 years I was a school principal. Since 1993 I have been chairman of governors of Landau Forte College in Derby, a city technology college with over 1,000 students aged 11 to 18 with a fully comprehensive intake. Last month, Landau...


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