Simon Wright: Thirteen months ago, my constituent Leigh Smith tragically lost her three-month-old baby Beatrice due to a rare heart condition. In an effort to help other families avoid the grief and despair of losing a child, Mrs Smith wants all schools to install defibrillators and to teach life-saving skills. Will the Prime Minister offer his support to this vital cause?
Simon Wright: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is no reason why the introduction of a new funding formula should jeopardise other elements of spending in the two-to-19 education budget?
Simon Wright: The Department for Education has overruled Norfolk county council’s proposal for an interim executive board to resolve the future of The Hewett School in my constituency. Will the Prime Minister seek to establish why the DFE considers its own centrally imposed proposal to be preferable, given that it seems to go against the spirit of localism?
Simon Wright: If she will ensure that all children receive age-appropriate sex and relationship education.
Simon Wright: Will the Minister consider that the ongoing revelations over child sexual exploitation, the explicit content on new technologies widely available to children, and the warnings of the deputy Children’s Commissioner and the Education Committee among others together make an overwhelming case for the urgent introduction of mandatory age-appropriate sex and relationship education, starting at...
Simon Wright: The new Progress 8 measure for secondary schools will provide more space for the arts in school accountability measures. What discussions has the Minister had with colleagues in the Department for Education to ensure that there is the greatest incentive for schools to provide high-quality arts education, including through prioritisation by Ofsted?
Simon Wright: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. Does he agree that Ministers should prioritise the introduction later this year of the proposed new UCAS-style one-stop shop for young people who do not want to go to university—a system to prevent their entering the category of “not in education, employment or training”?
Simon Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Global Learning Programme.
Simon Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which schools in Norfolk have registered for the Global Learning Programme.
Simon Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which schools in Norfolk are Global Learning Programme Expert Centres; and if she will make a statement.
Simon Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many schools have registered for the Global Learning Programme; and if she will make a statement.
Simon Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department has made on making defibrillators available to all schools at a reduced price.
Simon Wright: Malcolm Fuller, the sub-postmaster of Eaton post office in my constituency, will step down from his role in the new year after decades of service to the local community. How will today’s announcement support initiatives to encourage new sub-postmasters to come forward, and to encourage existing businesses to deliver post office services in their communities?
Simon Wright: I welcome the new careers company, which I hope will help schools to promote opportunities for young people. Thousands of my constituents have jobs in the public sector. Will the Secretary of State inform the House how public sector employers will be involved in the careers and enterprise company and its advisory board?
Simon Wright: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing the debate. Does he agree that Government-backed opportunities to highlight success, such as the great British high street awards, can play a really important role? The Lanes in Norwich was a well deserved winner of the city category of those awards for the vibrant reputation of its high street.
Simon Wright: Thousands of young carers in Norfolk are at risk of falling behind their peers at school. May we have a debate on how best to support the education of those children who care for family members at home, including perhaps through the extension of the pupil premium?
Simon Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the pay and employment conditions of supply teachers employed by supply teacher agencies; and if she will make a statement.
Simon Wright: I am grateful for the investment in the A47, including upgrading the A47-A11 Thickthorn roundabout. Will the Secretary of State confirm that the funding will deliver the scheme required to relieve pressure on one of Norfolk’s busiest roundabouts at a time of rapid planned growth in and around the south of Norwich?
Simon Wright: What steps she has taken to ensure that the best school leaders are recruited to work in the most challenging schools.
Simon Wright: I welcome the extension of the Talented Leaders programme into Norfolk. Excellent leadership is vital, and turning around a struggling school needs a team effort, with teachers, governors and parents all pulling in the same direction. What efforts will be made to ensure that the Talented Leaders programme supports a whole-school approach?