Results 1–20 of 2038 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Damian Hinds

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: I thank the hon. Lady for the tone and content of her response. I join her in thanking and commending all those on both sides of the House who have been involved in the development of these matters over quite an extended period, particularly during the passage of the Bill that became the Children and Social Work Act. The hon. Lady asked what was truly mandatory. The only part of the...

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: I welcome what I think were the hon. Lady’s words of welcome for what the Government are bringing forward today. Look, this has been a journey. Society changes. It is 18 years since this guidance was last updated. A lot has changed in the world since then, including the online world, and it is right that we reflect that. The hon. Lady asked why it needs to take two years for children to...

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: My right hon. Friend was correct to identify, as did the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne (Angela Rayner), a number of individuals and organisations that have been instrumental in this process. She could of course have added herself to that list; I commend her for her work. My right hon. Friend is right about the importance of children knowing about issues around harassment and sexual...

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: The hon. Lady is right about the importance of financial education, and both the maths and citizenship curriculums include financial education content, such as practical aspects of the sort that she outlined. Another thing in the consultation document, although it is not in the headlines of the description, is a question about what more we might do for 16 to 18-year-olds. Now that the...

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: I agree with my hon. Friend. The danger is that we grown-ups talk about helping children to make the distinction between the online and offline worlds, and how a social media friend is not the same as a proper friend, but for children growing up today I am not sure that there is a dividing line between the online and offline worlds—they are both an integral part of self. That makes it...

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: This applies to all schools. In the consultation, I am very open to hearing from special schools, SENCOs—special educational needs co-ordinators—and others dealing with children who have particular needs and requirements in this area about what, if anything, we need to do, in particular about training or materials in that regard.

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: I am happy to add the hon. Lady to the list of people who have played a part in this. People of course cannot withdraw from relationships education or from the sex education aspects of the science curriculum, and there are some aspects in the health curriculum, on puberty in particular. On the question of support for schools, the training needs and so on, we will look at all that through the...

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: I must add the hon. Lady, too, to the growing list, and yes, and we have already been listening to those expert organisations, some of whom create their own materials to help in teaching, running assemblies and so on. To be clear, it is not possible to withdraw from the parts of the curriculum that are connected with knowing where to get help or about the dangers that exist online and off. As...

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: Yes, this is fundamental. Understanding healthy relationships, what constitutes a positive relationship and what is not reasonable to have happen are the fundamental elements running through relationships education guidance. It starts with one’s relationships with family and friends, and as children get older it goes on to intimate relationships and so on. Specifically on the guidance,...

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: I did not see the programme the hon. Lady mentioned, but I am very familiar with these issues. Before this job and before I was a Minister in the Government, I used to campaign on issues of financial education, and I very much welcomed the bringing in of more financial education and the shift to make sure that the GCSE included practical maths. As part of the process of looking at the aspects...

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: The hon. Lady is right to identify the importance of the physical health parts of this programme. That touches on the obesity strategy, and we know that obesity is a serious problem that we have to face. This is really about empowering children to make good decisions about what they eat and about exercise; it is also about smoking and alcohol, and good decisions in such cases obviously...

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: With permission, Madam Deputy Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the consultation on the Government’s proposals for relationships education, relationships and sex education, and health education, copies of which will be made available on the gov.uk website. Children and young people today are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly online...

Relationships and Sex Education (19 Jul 2018)

Damian Hinds: At that point, if the child wishes to have sex education, the headteacher should ensure they receive it in one of those three terms. This preserves the parental right in most cases, but balances that with the child’s right to opt in to sex education when they are competent to do so. We are keen to hear as many views as possible through the consultation, and I encourage Members and their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children’s Academic and Practical Skills (25 Jun 2018)

Damian Hinds: Schools must provide a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children’s Academic and Practical Skills (25 Jun 2018)

Damian Hinds: In a wide-ranging question, as they say, the hon. Gentleman presents a number of different aspects, ranging from the World cup to T-levels. He is right about one thing, and that is the earlier children acquire skills and knowledge the better. That is why it is so important we have managed to narrow the attainment gap both in the early years and in primary school.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children’s Academic and Practical Skills (25 Jun 2018)

Damian Hinds: My hon. Friend raises a very important point about the construction sector, and of course we have considerable requirements because of the need to accelerate residential development. One of the first T-levels will be in construction, and we are working closely with the sector to bring that on.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children’s Academic and Practical Skills (25 Jun 2018)

Damian Hinds: The right hon. Gentleman is correct about the importance of the performing arts. In fact, the number of children taking a GCSE in arts subjects has not really moved very much, but we very much believe in a broad and balanced curriculum, with the breadth of opportunities he would want.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children’s Academic and Practical Skills (25 Jun 2018)

Damian Hinds: Where it does become necessary to re-broker an academy, as it does on occasions—my hon. Friend and I have had an opportunity to meet to discuss this—there is a bespoke approach to make sure that the settlement for the new arrangement with the new trust is sustainable.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children’s Academic and Practical Skills (25 Jun 2018)

Damian Hinds: We take the mental health of children and young people extremely seriously; hence the recent Green Paper and the whole programme of activity. To be fair, I do not think that the concept of exam stress is entirely a new one, and at this time of year there obviously is heightened stress among some young people. But the new GCSEs and A-levels have been designed and benchmarked against the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children’s Academic and Practical Skills (25 Jun 2018)

Damian Hinds: I very much welcome that. It has been very encouraging to see how, particularly through the focus on the phonics programme, our young readers have improved in their reading so much, and that is reflected in those international comparisons.


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