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Results 181–200 of 4000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Hughes of Stretford

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: UK Council for Child Internet Safety (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. I also thank him for the work that he has done on this matter through the Select Committee and for the Committee's report, to which we will respond shortly. Everyone on all sides, and particularly the Government, agrees that there needs to be stronger self-regulation by the industry on a whole range of fronts. Self-regulation is the right way to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: UK Council for Child Internet Safety (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: We have already given quite extensive advice to schools, but we also want the council to consider whether we need to go further in that regard. Another aspect of the council's work is to help us to progress our commitments on providing public education and public information to parents, children and young people. This is an important part of the range of factors that we need to address so...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: UK Council for Child Internet Safety (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: Yes, that important strand of the work is now going ahead. We have accepted Tanya Byron's recommendations for a public information awareness campaign and we have put in £9 million to develop an authoritative one-stop shop or site on the internet where parents can go for advice and information. We also want to ensure that we suffuse information about e-safety over other helplines and internet...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: UK Council for Child Internet Safety (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: We have a very good relationship with private schools on a range of matters through the Independent Schools Council. Independent schools are certainly very willing to work with us on issues concerning the safety of children. I will certainly take on board my hon. Friend's comments.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 7 — Registration scheme in England and Wales (8 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I am particularly grateful to my hon. Friends the Members for Brent, North (Barry Gardiner) and for Islington, South and Finsbury (Emily Thornberry) for their knowledgeable descriptions of a number of the efforts we have made to support foster carers in ways that make a real difference to them as, in my view, a charter and registration process would not. As my hon. Friend the Member for...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 7 — Registration scheme in England and Wales (8 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I am not sure whether the hon. Gentleman, when he mentions the scheme, is talking about a notification scheme or a registration scheme. We have not abandoned the possibility of the necessity for a registration scheme, but because a year is not enough to test the notification scheme or to put a registration scheme in place, we have made provision in the Bill to extend the period for evaluation...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 7 — Registration scheme in England and Wales (8 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: The hon. Gentleman says that he knows that, but I will explain why. Exactly the same challenges that are facing us now in making a notification scheme work will apply in relation to a registration scheme. Those children who we are most worried about who are not currently being notified to the local authority and who are in a privately fostered arrangement will not necessarily be registered...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: National Schools Challenge (30 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: There are two schools in Worsley where fewer than 30 per cent. of pupils achieved five or more A* to C GCSE grades, including both English and mathematics, and are therefore part of the national challenge. The schools are already receiving bespoke support from the Greater Manchester challenge, which is aligned with the national challenge, to help them achieve this target by 2011 at the latest.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: National Schools Challenge (30 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: Like my hon. Friend, I welcome the improvements being made at Harrop Fold school, thanks to the hard work of the staff, the pupils and the parents. As she said, the results for those achieving five A* to C grades have improved significantly, from 24 per cent. to 47 per cent. Improvements in English and maths are still needed, but from what I know of the school I am confident that we will see...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: National Schools Challenge (30 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: We intend that the national challenge will give schools the opportunity to assess and diagnose, with expert assistance, the particular issues for each school. They will then be assisted in putting in place a package of support to address those issues. Schools that are trying to provide a wide range of options will get the support they need and BTEC courses will count as part of the challenge.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Sure Start (30 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: In March this year my Department published the latest findings from our rigorous national Sure Start evaluation. The report highlighted that living in a Sure Start local programme area is associated with a number of positive outcomes. Children living in those areas exhibited more positive social behaviour and greater independence and self-regulation, while parents made greater use of support...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Sure Start (30 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: That is rather remote from a question on Sure Start programmes, but none the less I shall try to make the links for the hon. Gentleman. It is very important that whatever setting a child is in—whether they are with a childminder, in a Sure Start centre, in a nursery, in a maintained school or in the reception class—parents and children can be assured of the highest- quality provision....

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Sure Start (30 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I thank my hon. Friend for her question. She is quite right about some Conservative councillors. Indeed, some Conservative Members are still rather ambivalent about Sure Start. I was hoping to get the opportunity to thank the hon. Member for Gravesham (Mr. Holloway) for the praise for Sure Start on his website, which I welcome very much. As my hon. Friend said, some councils are quick to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Sure Start (30 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: We have been around this course before with the hon. Lady, and she is completely wrong. We have doubled the funding to ensure that in disadvantaged areas there will be two outreach workers in every children's centre. We are also revising and publishing guidance, because there is a great lack of clarity about what outreach should be and how best to provide it. Some health visitors provide it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Sure Start (30 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I agree completely with my right hon. Friend, who has done much to promote services for the youngest children, children generally and families. The Sure Start programme is just one of an array of measures. As she rightly says, the focus has to be on early intervention and prevention, so that we not only provide an excellent quality of environment for the child, but work closely with parents...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Training (30 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: The most recent estimates of education and work-based learning at the local authority level relate to the end of 2006, when in Sandwell 80 per cent. of 16 and 17-year-olds were participating in education and in work-based learning.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Training (30 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: In addition to the national figures, we also produce local estimates from Connexions data, and the latest data show that the proportion of young people who are NEETs in Sandwell fell from the 2006 figures that I mentioned to 12.3 per cent. in 2007. The fall is a result of the September guarantee and a raft of other measures. We are working on them with Sandwell and with a number of other...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Topical Questions (30 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I agree with that. We announced in our document "World-class Apprenticeships" our plans to improve the quality and expand the number and range of apprenticeships for young people. We are introducing an entitlement to an apprenticeship place for all suitably qualified young people who want one, and our ambition is that one in five of all young people will be an apprentice. The expansion of...

Orders of the Day: Children and Young Persons Bill [Lords] (16 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Every child should have the right to be happy, healthy, safe and successful, and we must help families to stay together and achieve the best for their children. When that is not possible, however, it is our duty to ensure that an outstanding system of public care is in place: a system that is ambitious for children, provides them with...

Orders of the Day: Children and Young Persons Bill [Lords] (16 Jun 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend's work, and the expertise that she has acquired in helping us with our proposals. I am particularly grateful to her for examining what happens, or currently does not happen, to inspection reports. I know that she has discussed the issue with the Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, West (Kevin...


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