Results 1–20 of 238 for speaker:Baroness Twycross

Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (20 Mar 2024)

Additional funded childcare provisions – Baroness Twycross. Oral questions; 3:00 pm

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

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, this has been a truly interesting and varied debate. I join others in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett, on securing it. There can be nothing more important in a child’s development than ensuring that they have good mental and physical health, not least in what many noble Lords have noted is a complex and often confusing world. Children need a healthy, caring,...

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

Baroness Twycross: He does not have to become a primary school teacher; he can carry on as he is. The noble Earl, Lord Russell, mentioned the need for a whole-school approach, as did others, but what we really need is an understanding of how we get a better whole-system approach—I would welcome the Minister’s thoughts on that. Surely, that is what is needed to address the issue. There is a clear need for...

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

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, Labour welcomes the consultation on the guidance. It is clear that schools want greater clarity on how to approach what is, as the Minister said, often a sensitive and difficult issue. As someone who has two honorary nieces who are trans, I find that the tone of the debate often ignores the fact that this is about individuals and how we treat them. It is hard to ignore the fact that...

Russell Group Universities: Foreign Student Admissions - Question ( 1 Feb 2024)

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, I am pleased to hear that the Government are taking seriously the Sunday Times allegations, but the truth is that even within the UK there is not a level playing field for admissions to university, with many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds still missing out. In a report from October 2023, the Sutton Trust said: “Widening participation efforts appear to have been a case...

Schools: Financial Education - Question for Short Debate (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Sater, on securing this interesting debate, which has had a number of similar but significant contributions from across the House. I echo my noble friend Lord Parekh’s question about why this gets very little attention—everybody here has found it fascinating—and I have been wondering why. As the noble Baroness, Lady Sater, said,...

Schools: Persistent Absenteeism - Question (24 Jan 2024)

Baroness Twycross: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of persistent absenteeism in English schools; and what steps they are taking to address it.

Schools: Persistent Absenteeism - Question (24 Jan 2024)

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, there is a link between levels of deprivation, poor mental health in children and persistent absence. The children’s mental health charity Place2Be has told me that, for every £1 invested in mental health interventions in schools, there is a social benefit of £8. What assessment have the Government made of the financial benefit of mental health interventions in schools? How are...

Childcare - Commons Urgent Question (22 Jan 2024)

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, the Prime Minister admitting that there were some practical issues with the Government’s flagship childcare expansion might qualify for the understatement of the year so far. Can the Minister say how the Government intend to address the fact that that there are currently two children for every place, that there are 40,000 too few nursery workers to deliver the scheme and—despite...

Home and Online Schooling - Question (19 Dec 2023)

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, there has been a 50% increase in home schooling since 2018-19. There is currently no inspection regime to check quality and I understand that the lack of inspection extends to home education hubs or online provision. Also, the only sanction currently applied on parents by councils where there are concerns is a school attendance order. How soon will the register mentioned by the...

Love Matters (Archbishops’ Commission on Families and Households Report) - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Dec 2023)

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, I declare an interest as deputy mayor for fire and resilience in London. I thank the most reverend Primates the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York for commissioning the report Love Matters, and the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury for choosing this as the subject of his annual debate. I have learned a lot during the course of the debate, including...

Love Matters (Archbishops’ Commission on Families and Households Report) - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Dec 2023)

Baroness Twycross: Yes, I know that you did not marry each other. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Herbert, for sharing his personal and political perspective on that legislation, and the joy it has brought to so many people. For institutions to survive, they need to adapt to social change. The commission has thought very carefully about how to present what is a clear division of views on the issue of same-sex...

Children’s Minister - Question ( 6 Dec 2023)

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, the recent PISA results show that more UK children feel scared or hungry or unhappy in school than their international counterparts. With persistent absence levels continuing to rise, what more will the Government do to ensure that they are promoting the well-being of children and young people in schools?

Early Years Education - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2023)

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Andrews for securing this debate. It has been very interesting and varied, with considerable consensus on the need to provide children the best start in life. I declare an interest as London’s deputy mayor for fire and resilience, as I will refer to the problems in securing childcare faced by shift workers, including firefighters, later on in the...

Schools: Food Standards - Question (15 Nov 2023)

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, this week happens to be Sugar Awareness Week. The Question from my noble friend Lord Brooke rightly highlights the risk of sugar in school food. Shockingly, four in 10 children now leave primary school at an above healthy weight. What more action will the Government take to ensure that all foods and drinks served in schools are as nutritious as possible? Have they assessed the...

King’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) ( 9 Nov 2023)

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing today’s debate on the humble Address with such a personal and heartfelt speech. It was a privilege to be present to hear the King’s first Speech of his reign to this House earlier this week, and it is a privilege to open this debate for His Majesty’s Opposition. I declare an interest as one of London’s deputy mayors as I will refer to...

Access to Musical Education in School - Question for Short Debate (18 Oct 2023)

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, I join others in commending my noble friend Lord Boateng for securing this debate. I was particularly struck by his comments on his childhood experience and on the need for the value of music education to be reflected in funding and have time allocated to it. I regret to say that I struggle to remember the names of any of my music teachers, but I agree with the noble Lords, Lord...

Core School Budget Allocations - Commons Urgent Question (17 Oct 2023)

Baroness Twycross: My Lords, this is yet another example of the Government failing on education. As with RAAC, there was a delay in notifying school leaders; the error was identified in September, but heads were not notified until October. Can the Minister tell the House about how the error was identified, the timeline and decisions on the communication of this to schools and families? It is also clear that the...

Education: Advanced British Standard - Question (17 Oct 2023)

Baroness Twycross: To ask His Majesty’s Government what are their plans to replace A-levels and T-levels with the Advanced British Standard.


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