Results 1–20 of 4311 for speaker:Baroness Barran

Upcoming Business – Lords: Grand Committee (12 Mar 2024)

Gender Recognition (Approved Countries and Territories and Saving Provision) Order 2023 – Baroness Barran. Orders and regulations; 3:45 pm

Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber ( 8 Mar 2024)

International Women’s Day and the steps taken to promote the economic inclusion of women – Baroness Barran. Debate; 10:00 am

Pupil Mental Health, Well-being and Development - Motion to Take Note (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett, on securing this important debate and thank all noble Lords for their contributions. I feel a long letter coming on, so I will do my best to cover the points raised, but I feel pretty confident that I will not get through all of them. I felt very uncomfortable and was trying not to be defensive while listening to the opening speech...

Schools: Gender-questioning Children - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, following calls from schools, teachers and parents to support schools and colleges in relation to children who are questioning their gender, on 19 December 2023 we published draft guidance for consultation. The consultation will close on 12 March. Relationships, sex and health education statutory guidance is also under review, and we will launch a consultation shortly. As part of...

Schools: Gender-questioning Children - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: Schools are expected to consider all the guidance from the department, and this is no exception: we would expect them to follow the final published guidance. As the noble Baroness says, the anecdotes we hear are that the guidance is already having an impact on parents, who feel able to ask schools to account for their decisions. Once the guidance is published, if individuals are worried, they...

Schools: Gender-questioning Children - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: The department typically works through a range of stakeholder groups, including those that represent the voice of children. There have been direct conversations with children on these issues.

Schools: Gender-questioning Children - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: The guidance is very clear that each case should be taken individually. The safety and well-being of children must always be our primary concern, which is why that is at the heart of the guidance. Some of the medical steps to which the noble Baroness refers are implicit in that safety and well-being focus.

Schools: Gender-questioning Children - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: The noble Baroness will have seen from the guidance the principles that underpin it. It is absolutely clear that schools and colleges should be respectful and tolerant places where bullying is never tolerated.

Schools: Gender-questioning Children - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: The noble Baroness raises a number of points. Schools already have very clear statutory duties in relation to safeguarding. Although, going back to the initial Question of the noble Baroness, Lady Fox, this is non-statutory guidance, all our non-statutory guidance seeks to support schools in their statutory obligations, where the safety and well-being of the child are paramount.

Schools: Gender-questioning Children - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: I absolutely agree with my noble friend. Again, the guidance is clear that schools should not agree to support any degree of social transition for a primary school child unless it is explicitly required to safeguard and promote their welfare.

Schools: Gender-questioning Children - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: I agree entirely with the noble Lord.

Schools: Gender-questioning Children - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: The honest answer to my noble friend is that there is still insufficient evidence to make such a definitive statement. My right honourable friend the Minister for Women and Equalities, in her letter to the Women and Equalities Select Committee, wrote that “studies have found a link between gender non-conformity in childhood and someone later coming out as gay”, and certainly that “A...

Schools: Gender-questioning Children - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: I understand the noble Lord’s point, but our expectation is that schools, as I said in my response to the noble Baroness, will comply with the guidance. The guidance is very clear, so parents and teachers can take confidence. Obviously, the point of the consultation is to give all parties a voice, but we will make sure that our statutory safeguarding guidance is completely aligned with...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Football: Girls (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: The department does not routinely collect data about which sports pupils participate in during the school day. It is up to schools to decide which sports they offer so that they can meet the needs of their pupils. Factors influencing that decision include the spaces available. The Active Lives Children and Young People Survey Data for the 2022/23 academic year, which was published by Sport...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Physical Education (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: The government wants all pupils to be healthy and active. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can create a lifelong habit of participation. Physical education (PE) is a foundation subject at all four key stages, and it is a vital part of a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils to access. The PE national curriculum is designed to ensure that all pupils...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children in Care (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: The number of looked-after children in the care of their local authority has increased by 2% to 83,840 at 31 March 2023 from 82,080 last year. The number of children in children’s homes has increased by 16% since 2019. The department knows that the care system does not currently work for every child and that there are not enough of the right homes in the right places for children in care,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Care Homes (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: The number of looked-after children in the care of their local authority has increased by 2% to 83,840 at 31 March 2023 from 82,080 last year. The number of children in children’s homes has increased by 16% since 2019. The department knows that the care system does not currently work for every child and that there are not enough of the right homes in the right places for children in care,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Care Homes (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: The number of looked-after children in the care of their local authority has increased by 2% to 83,840 at 31 March 2023 from 82,080 last year. The number of children in children’s homes has increased by 16% since 2019. The department knows that the care system does not currently work for every child and that there are not enough of the right homes in the right places for children in care,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children in Care (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: The number of looked-after children in the care of their local authority has increased by 2% to 83,840 at 31 March 2023 from 82,080 last year. The number of children in children’s homes has increased by 16% since 2019. The department knows that the care system does not currently work for every child and that there are not enough of the right homes in the right places for children in care,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Financial Services: Education (19 Feb 2024)

Baroness Barran: The government has not carried out its own research into how other countries have addressed the introduction of financial literacy in their schools. The curriculum in England already includes compulsory financial education within the national curriculum for mathematics at key stages 1 to 4, and citizenship at key stages 3 and 4. Primary schools can choose to teach citizenship at key stages 1...


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