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Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (17 May 2022)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, I am pleased to be here to close today’s debate on Her Majesty’s gracious Speech. I pay tribute to Her Majesty for her gracious Speech and her 70 years of service in this jubilee year. I thank your Lordships for their thoughtful remarks and contributions throughout this debate; I also thank my noble friend Lady Stedman-Scott for her introduction. Before I go any further, I pay...

School Governing Bodies: Diversity - Question (28 Apr 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: ...not changed since 1999. I will save the Minister from gently reminding me that my party was in government for about half that period, but her party is in government now and it is incumbent on her to say what action the Government will take beyond guidance, which clearly is not working, so that those boards are made more aware of the need to deal with the lack of diversity among their own...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Ofsted: Staff (22 Apr 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ofsted inspectors are (1) headteachers, (2) former headteachers, (3) senior leaders in schools, and (4) former senior leaders in schools; and what percentage of all inspectors each group makes up.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Carbon Dioxide (22 Apr 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their guidance to keep windows in classrooms open to improve ventilation, what assessment they have made of (1) the amount of extra carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere because of higher energy use in all schools, and (2) the average increase in carbon dioxide emissions in (a) primary schools, and (b) secondary schools.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Carers (22 Apr 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Kinship Out of the shadows: A vision for kinship care in England, published on 24 March; and what steps they are taking to ensure kinship carers can access (1) information, (2) advice, and (3) support.

Written Answers — Department for Education: National Curriculum Tests (20 Apr 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the results of the poll undertaken by Parentkind, published in March; in particular, what assessment they have made of the findings that (1) 86 per cent of parents do not consider SAT results as important when choosing a school for their child, with 70 per cent not looking into a prospective school’s SAT results at all, (2)...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Commons Reason: Motion A (7 Apr 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, it has been a long and winding road with this Bill, stretching back over 10 months from the position that we find ourselves in today. There is very little to add to what noble Lords have said in the last 20 minutes or so, but of course that does not mean that I will not make an attempt at it. It is very pleasing that we have reached this position because, when the Bill arrived here,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Finance (1 Apr 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the 2021 Spending Review, by how much funding for early years entitlement schemes will increase for (1) 2022–23, (2) 2023–24, and (3) 2024–25.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Voluntary Schools: Governing Bodies (1 Apr 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given to diocesan authorities about their powers to remove diocesan-appointed governors of voluntary aided schools where the governors decline to support diocesan policy.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Engineering: Young People (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Engineering UK Levelling up engineering skills: widening opportunities for young people, published in February.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Ofsted (31 Mar 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments by the chair of the Social Mobility Commission at the Association of School and College Leaders Conference that school leaders should "put the blinkers on and ignore" Ofsted, as the organisation is "not a force for good’"

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Review - Statement (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, the noble Baroness the Minister may be surprised to hear that, having read the review, my initial thoughts are positive—a view that echoes what many in the education, care and children’s charity sectors are saying. She knows that there is a “but” coming, but I will delay that for the moment. The Statement says that it is proposed to establish a new single, national special...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Curriculum (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that greater focus within the school curriculum is placed on the teaching of creative and practical subjects.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Career Development (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce a school teacher development programme to enable all leaders and teachers to access continuing professional development.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Students: Loans (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of proposed changes to student loan repayments on sectors of the economy experiencing staffing shortages, such as (1) nursing, and (2) teaching.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Standards (30 Mar 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what their definition is of a school that is 'stuck'; and how many of the 415 schools designated by Ofsted as stuck in 2019 remain in that category.

Schools White Paper - Statement (29 Mar 2022)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I do not doubt the commitment of the Minister to equality for all children. However, in responding to the White Paper, the National Children’s Bureau comments that too many children still live in poverty. That must be addressed for education success to follow. The White Paper has left many in education underwhelmed and, as my noble friend Lord Watson said, it has left our schools...

Foreign Languages: Economic Value - Question (29 Mar 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, developing the point just raised by the noble Lord, Lord Sherbourne, in the European Union two-thirds of adults of working age can speak more than one language, yet two-thirds of Britons cannot hold a conversation in a language other than their mother tongue, so I am sure the Minister will be as concerned as I was to see the latest figures on A-levels in modern languages decline by...

Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill - Third Reading: Motion (25 Mar 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, we welcome the Bill and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, on continuing the good work of the honourable Member for Workington. I particularly welcome the fact that the Bill includes academies, which is an important aspect of increasing its chances of reaching the maximum number of children to begin their preparations for a career and the world of work. For so long we have...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Academies: Inspections (25 Mar 2022)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many summary evaluations of multi-academy trusts have been carried out by Ofsted since new guidance was issued in September 2021.


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