Results 261–280 of 875 for speaker:James Dornan

Scottish Parliament: Veterans and the Armed Forces Community (Support) (27 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: During the summer recess, I was invited to attend the military tattoo at Edinburgh castle. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but I have had the privilege of witnessing that spectacle before. Given that I was invited in my then role as convener of the Education and Skills Committee by Colonel Gibson of the Lowland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, as part of the year of young people,...

Scottish Parliament: Veterans and the Armed Forces Community (Support) (27 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: I hope that the member is not suggesting that, because somebody was in the armed forces or is a veteran, they should therefore be immune from prosecution for anything that occurred while they were in the forces.

Scottish Parliament: “Scottish Government Intervention — Assessment Report” (Action) (26 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I hope that you were not getting us mixed up. [ Interruption .] No disrespect was intended, Annie. Is it not the case that the Scottish Information Commissioner acknowledges that the Scottish Government has taken the steps that the minister has mentioned to improve and monitor its performance, and that “the improvement should be judged against a backdrop of...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Agreement (26 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its involvement in negotiations on the EU withdrawal agreement. (S5O-02394)

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Agreement (26 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: The level of discussion is disappointing. Given the state of the two main parties with regard to Brexit and the uncertainty that that is creating, there are still some significant issues outstanding, not least finding an acceptable backstop for the Northern Ireland border with the Republic of Ireland, as Michael Russell mentioned. If there were to be a special deal for Northern Ireland,...

Scottish Parliament: Violence Reduction (20 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Violence Reduction (20 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: Earlier, you talked about the official figures not being the way to do it. You used the example of people going to accident and emergency instead of the police. The minister got up and told you that the accident and emergency figures are going down. You responded by saying, “Aye, but that doesn’t matter.” What is it exactly that you want? Do you want every single incident to be recorded...

Scottish Parliament: Violence Reduction (20 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Violence Reduction (20 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: It is not a political point, Mr Findlay. A bit more manners would be helpful. Would you not accept that those who would have been affected by violence before and are now not being affected by it are seeing the benefit of the serious drop in crime?

Scottish Parliament: Violence Reduction (20 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: The reasons for having the debate fill me with no complacency but a great sense of pride in what Scotland has achieved over the past decade and a half. I suspect that I am the only speaker in the debate who lived through being a teenager in Glasgow in the 1960s and 1970s, when I was blessed by listening to the best music and watching the best football team of all time. However, the one blight...

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: If we want to get it right for every child, we must ensure that we catch each individual at least by the time that they reach their first moments of education. As a constituency MSP, I deal with many inquiries about education provision and outcomes. Often parents tell me stories about their children’s abilities and trials. When they have identified a difficulty with a child’s ability to...

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: I sat the test today—and I am proud to say that I passed first time.

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: Thank you. So, I have seen the test. We have a four-year-old in our house regularly—in fact, he is not yet four but will be very soon. There were lots of questions that I think that he would have been able to answer. The test is adaptive.

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: Hold on. Let me finish answering your question. If answering those questions was the limit of what that child could have achieve, that would show where they are—that is what the child would know. However, if the child was doing well, the questions would get harder and harder until they found the level that the child was at. It is in no way a pressured test. I hear about children crying when...

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: Hold on a second. I remember the day that I started primary school: one girl started crying in the corridor and the next thing we knew there was a corridor full of greetin weans. When they are young, anything can set them off. Please do not mix the two together and say that the tears of a child are about the test.

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: No. It really is important to acknowledge that the assessments form only part of the picture. The assessments have no results and are used alongside many other teaching tools to provide a more accurate and complete picture of developmental progress. The Government has always made it very clear that the assessments are a guide to creating a tailored and specific education for each and every...

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: This debate is about people smelling blood and thinking that they can get a victory, when they should be making sure that every child gets the education and the start that they deserve, right from primary 1. I support the Government amendment.

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

James Dornan: Will the member take an intervention?


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