Results 181–200 of 2668 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sarah Teather

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2012)

Sarah Teather: Parents’ views about their child should be central. One thing that we are looking at in the Green Paper is how we can make clearer what should normally be provided in schools and what local authorities should normally provide. It should therefore at least be simpler for parents and teachers to understand whether a child’s needs are greater than those normally provided in the school, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2012)

Sarah Teather: As the hon. Lady says, there is a very particular issue with communication problems and ensuring that we identify them early. That is part of the reason I am working closely with colleagues at the Department of Health to implement significant numbers of new health visitors and to ensure that we commission services better. The education health and care plan, which will integrate services,...

Dyslexia — [Mr Mike Weir i n the Chair] (14 Dec 2011)

Sarah Teather: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Mr Weir. It is a Wednesday afternoon; I am here in a debate that you are chairing; and I am very pleased to see you. I congratulate the hon. Member for Luton North (Kelvin Hopkins) on securing the debate. It was good to see other Members come into the Chamber, although a bit late, because I was anxious that we would not have so many...

Dyslexia — [Mr Mike Weir i n the Chair] (14 Dec 2011)

Sarah Teather: One thing that we suggested in the Green Paper was speeding up the process, but this is also a question of trying to make clear what the thresholds should be, and I will say a little more about that later. The other thing that informed the Government’s work on the Green Paper was Ofsted’s report, which showed that too many children are being over-identified as having SEN. In other words,...

Dyslexia — [Mr Mike Weir i n the Chair] (14 Dec 2011)

Sarah Teather: When Ofsted reported, a rather heated debate took place between teaching unions and Ofsted, and it shed a lot of heat but not light. Many accusations were thrown from both sides about motives. I do not think that teachers label a child as having special educational needs to get round league tables or for similar reasons. It is human nature, when a problem is seen, to label it. Unfortunately,...

Dyslexia — [Mr Mike Weir i n the Chair] (14 Dec 2011)

Sarah Teather: All sorts of young people fall behind. The fact that so many young people born in the summer are in the school action category is particularly good evidence that we do not at the moment necessarily label the right children. Other children who may have specific needs go through school without being identified. That is not good enough, because such children do not get the support they need. The...

Dyslexia — [Mr Mike Weir i n the Chair] (14 Dec 2011)

Sarah Teather: I certainly looked at the reading recovery programme, Every Child a Reader, most of which is based around phonics. There are some other, more flexible, practices. We must recognise that although the evidence suggests that systematic phonics is absolutely the most effective way to teach children to read, some children for various reasons will not respond to that system, and it is important to...

Dyslexia — [Mr Mike Weir i n the Chair] (14 Dec 2011)

Sarah Teather: To support the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics we are making £3,000 of match funding available to all schools with key stage 1 pupils, for phonics materials and training. I hope that that sort of systematic, structured approach to teaching phonics will help, because we know that it supports pupils’ approach to learning to read, particularly for those who are dyslexic. I want to...

Dyslexia — [Mr Mike Weir i n the Chair] (14 Dec 2011)

Sarah Teather: I cannot comment on a specific case, but perhaps if the hon. Lady drops me a note about the matter, I will have a look at it. In the Green Paper, we indicated that local authorities need to provide support to families who are home schooling a child. They are often doing so because they have been unable to get the support that they need in mainstream settings or perhaps because their local...

Dyslexia — [Mr Mike Weir i n the Chair] (14 Dec 2011)

Sarah Teather: There is no change in the criteria; there is a change in the evidence that has to be provided. What we are picking up on is how schools interpreted the previous guidance, not necessarily the actual guidance that was being provided. That raises some issues about how schools were interpreting the guidance and the freedom that they thought that it gave them. In fact, the guidance is the same,...

Dyslexia — [Mr Mike Weir i n the Chair] (14 Dec 2011)

Sarah Teather: I agreed with the hon. Gentleman’s first point. The second point seemed to bear no resemblance to the first. To raise aspirations for all is a good thing. To say that it is possible to achieve, regardless of background, is really important. To believe in social mobility and have it at the heart of educational policy, we have to have high aspirations for every child.

Dyslexia — [Mr Mike Weir i n the Chair] (14 Dec 2011)

Sarah Teather: I really do not accept that point at all. It is simply not good enough to say that, because someone is from a certain background, they will not be able to learn how to spell or use language correctly. That is exactly at the heart of what we are trying to break. I have to say that, as an employer, I meet lots of graduates who do not have dyslexia who have not learnt how to use accurate...

Dyslexia — [Mr Mike Weir i n the Chair] (14 Dec 2011)

Sarah Teather: If we are to have a society that is less divided, we must ensure that all children, regardless of their background, are given the same benefits of that sound education. Putting those marks, even 5%, back into qualifications will create an incentive to ensure that all children have that grounding. That is really important.

Dyslexia — [Mr Mike Weir i n the Chair] (14 Dec 2011)

Sarah Teather: Ofqual will consider and take into account the concerns of dyslexic charities when it decides on implementation. The issue of reasonable adjustments continues to remain. I should like to conclude now. I thought that we would not have many speakers. In fact, I seem to have prattled on for so long—[ Interruption. ] Are there 17 minutes left? I thought that we finished at 3.45 pm. I have been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Pupil Premium (Harlow) (21 Nov 2011)

Sarah Teather: We are planning to allocate £625 million to schools and local authorities in England in 2011-12. The allocation for the Harlow constituency is £1,012,112.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Pupil Premium (Harlow) (21 Nov 2011)

Sarah Teather: I am delighted to hear about that school using the pupil premium in that way. It is good to hear from head teachers examples of how they are spending the money and the impact it is making on the ground. I wonder whether the hon. Gentleman would invite the head teacher to write to me to tell me more about the detail of the work that that school is doing and its impact on pupils, as we are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Pupil Premium (Harlow) (21 Nov 2011)

Sarah Teather: I am glad to hear some grudging acceptance from the Opposition of the benefits of the pupil premium, which focuses money on the most disadvantaged students and gives schools freedom to spend it as they choose. I have just heard an example from my hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon) of where that is making a substantial difference. I remind the hon. Gentleman that there is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Pupil Premium (Harlow) (21 Nov 2011)

Sarah Teather: Trying to encourage smaller schools in particular to work together on best practice, especially if they have similar catchment areas, is an excellent initiative. It is helpful to hear about what is happening on the ground.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Pupil Premium (21 Nov 2011)

Sarah Teather: Average funding per pupil for 2011-12 has been kept cash-flat at £5,082 per pupil, plus the pupil premium. The pupil premium totals £625 million this year, rising to £2.5 billion in 2014-15. It provides £488 for each free-school-meal child and looked-after child. In addition, the children of families in the armed services will attract £200.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Pupil Premium (21 Nov 2011)

Sarah Teather: I absolutely agree that the figures for attainment for children on free school meals and looked-after children are woefully inadequate at present. That is why we have introduced the pupil premium. I should also say that in the hon. Lady’s constituency per-pupil funding is higher than almost anywhere else in the country. A substantial amount of money is already going into her constituency,...


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