Results 121–140 of 1800 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 Sharp of Guildford

Apprenticeships — Debate (14 Oct 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Wall, for initiating this important debate. I declare an interest as a member of the corporation of Guildford College and as a member of the Skills Commission, an all-party group composed of Members of Parliament and lay members. As the noble Lord, Lord Sugar, has indicated, many of us learn as much by doing as by listening. Apprenticeships...

Education: Overseas Students — Question (13 Oct 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, what is the position of language schools, which are extremely important to some seaside towns?

Higher Education: Funding — Statement (12 Oct 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for making the Statement, although, as all sides of the House will know, some of its contents are not totally welcomed by those of us on the Liberal Democrat Benches. Ideally, we should have liked to see a situation in which it was proposed to have no tuition fees, with the costs being met through progressive taxation. Our second best option was a graduate tax....

Academies Bill [HL]: Third Reading (13 Jul 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, support the amendment. It is very important that if it is agreed, or if the Minister agrees to a similar amendment, it is enacted. It has been drawn to my attention that we have, in the various education Acts that we have passed in the past 10 years or so, quite frequently suggested that there should be an annual report. However, very few annual reports have appeared or been...

Academies Bill [HL]: Third Reading (13 Jul 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, this has been mentioned on a number of occasions and I want to intervene very briefly. In the letter that the Minister sent to the noble Baroness, Lady Wilkins, on 2 July 2010, he made quite clear the division of funding between what was going to be kept centrally and what was going to be distributed. Included in the funding to be kept centrally were educational psychology...

Academies Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Jul 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in supporting the noble Baroness, Lady Wilkins, in this amendment. Yesterday, when we had a debate about numbers and needs, we raised some questions about the funding formula. We also spoke about the ready reckoner which the Government have produced and which is on their website. Looking in more detail at the ready reckoner, they make it quite clear that...

Academies Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (7 Jul 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Do the Government intend to move from parent governors being appointed to there being elections for parent governors? That would be a great step forward.

Academies Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (7 Jul 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I rise to speak to Amendment 17A in my name and those of my noble friends Lady Walmsley and Lady Garden. I entirely share the view of the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, in relation to not being too prescriptive. We also very much share her view that school governors should represent the community that the school serves. In that respect, it is very important that parents, in particular, are...

Academies Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (7 Jul 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, will the Minister clarify the position of parents in relation to first-tier tribunals, SEN and disabilities? The annexe about SEN that goes with the agreement and that was circulated to us makes it clear that parents and pupils at academies have the same rights of access to first-tier tribunals, SEN and disabilities, formerly SENDIST. Most academies must comply with an order from...

Academies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (6 Jul 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I am grateful to the Minister for his response. I am glad that the governing boards will be kept informed about the financial assistance grants. On needs versus numbers, I am still a little uncertain. If a free school is to be set up, it will have projections of how many pupils it will take but will not necessarily know how many it is going to enrol. How will the Government set its grant in...

Academies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (6 Jul 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I shall speak also to Amendments 12A, 19, 19A and 28A. The purpose of this group of amendments is to probe a little further the proposed financial arrangements in the setting up of academies. Amendment 2 has unfortunately been placed on the wrong line. It should have been on line 7 and would, therefore, have amended Clause 1(2)(b) to read: "Subject to section 4(4) for a former maintained...

Academies Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I am disappointed that the Minister was not more forthcoming on these amendments. It seems to me that over the years support staff have not been treated well and this was a positive move to give them status. However, given the lateness of the hour, I shall not pursue the matter further. Perhaps the Minister and I can have words about it later. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment....

Academies Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I tabled this amendment to ensure that academy support staff are not excluded from the School Support Staff Negotiating Body, which was set up under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009. The establishment of this negotiating body was supported on all sides of the House. There are concerns that, because academies have freedom to negotiate separate pay and...

Academies Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, the amendment is in my name and that of my noble friends Lady Walmsley and Lady Garden. Clause 7 applies not to land but to items such as electronic hardware and software, furniture and cleaning or catering contracts. It permits the Secretary of State to make a property transfer scheme, which, in effect, transfers to the academy various property and contractual rights and...

Academies Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I am grateful to the Minister and am glad that he is going to think about this. It seems to be natural justice that there should be some consultation with the owners of the property concerned. In the light of that, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 160 withdrawn. Clause 7 agreed. Amendment 160A Moved by Lord Greaves 160A: After Clause 7, insert the following new Clause-...

Academies Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Can the Minister clarify whether that means that every school that is outstanding which applies will automatically get an academy order, unless it has a deficit of over £100,000?

Academies Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendments 112, 118, 123, 126 and 187, in my name and those of my noble friends Lady Walmsley and Lady Garden. The key amendment among them is Amendment 123, which has two purposes. In the first place, it asks the Secretary of State to state the criteria for approving an academy order. This is both important and urgent. It is important because, as my noble friend...

Academies Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I will speak to Amendments 108 and 178 in my name and that of my noble friends Lady Walmsley and Lady Garden. I need not detain the Committee long at this time of night. Amendment 108 is slightly different in that it concerns the application to convert to academy status, and is very much probing. At the moment, there is no provision in the Bill to withdraw an application once it has...

Academies Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, perhaps I may add one small thought to the debate. As I understand it, the parent governor will be not elected but appointed by the board of trustees for the academy. I think that that is a retrograde step. It is important that we have parent governors but I think that they should be elected from among the parents rather than appointed.

Academies Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Can the Minister explain how this will be monitored? He said that, if it is a low-incidence special educational need, the YPLA will be responsible for paying an extra premium in respect of that need. However, the YPLA is a payment agency, not an inspection agency. How will it monitor matters to ensure that needs are met in an academy?


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