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School Openings: January 2022 - Commons Urgent Question (16 Dec 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, before I respond to the government response to the Question, I am sure I am not alone in my thoughts being dominated today by the absolutely horrific news from Tasmania. Five children in a primary school have died and many others were seriously injured on what should have been a day of joy, the last day of their school term. I speak for all noble Lords in saying that my thoughts are...

Children and Young People in Care: Accommodation - Question (16 Dec 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, on this day 30 years ago, the Government made a pledge to the United Nations that they would honour the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which contains comprehensive state obligations towards children. Yesterday’s announcement, referred to by the Minister, on national standards for unregulated supported accommodation for 16 and 17 year-olds was, sadly, a further sign that...

School Curriculum: First Aid Training and Home Nursing - Question (16 Dec 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, I am sorry to say this, because I know the noble Baroness raised this Question in good faith, but it is unhelpful because it deflects from the pressing need for the national curriculum to be rescued from the confines imposed upon it by the English baccalaureate. The EBacc comprises the subjects most sought after by Russell group universities; it does not cater for young people who...

Alternative Education - Question (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: ...accountable for the outcomes of their permanently excluded children—yet a report that the department itself commissioned in May showed that in some multi-academy trusts, schools were refusing to engage with alternative provision. Can the Minister say what instructions have been given to regional schools commissioners to ensure that all schools in multi-academy trusts meet their...

Written Answers — Department for Education: T-levels: Expenditure (13 Dec 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) capital, and (2) revenue, expenditure on T levels in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Department for Education: T-levels (13 Dec 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the fifth annual T level Action Plan.

Child Safeguarding - Statement (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Laming: My Lords, I, too, am grateful for the repeat of the Statement and I shall be very brief, but it is necessary to emphasise, yet again, that the awful suffering and death of this defenceless child at the hands of those to whom the child looked for love and protection must stay with us. It must be part of our thinking as we go forward. The law makes it very clear, for all services dealing with...

Education (Environment and Sustainable Citizenship) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (3 Dec 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: ...would strengthen my noble friend Lord Knight’s Bill. Since this excellent and necessary Bill had its Second Reading in July, we have had the COP 26 summit in Glasgow, a city that I was privileged to represent in two legislatures. If the campaign to combat climate change and build a sustainable environment has moved forward as a result of COP 26, it has done so only to a very limited...

School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions (England) Order 2021 - Motion to Regret (1 Dec 2021)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have spoken in this short debate, in particular the noble Lord opposite, the noble Lord, Lord Watson, for tabling the debate. I also thank the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee for its consideration of this order, which came into force this October without objection from either House. Our priority has always been to ensure that the pay and...

Early Years Interventions - Question (1 Dec 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, the additional funding announced in the spending review to support children and families, including, as the Minister said, the creation of family hubs, is very welcome, but organisations working with disabled children and parent carers, such as the Disabled Children’s Partnership, remain unclear as to how these new hubs will deliver the care that disabled children and their...

Written Answers — Department for Education: English Language and Mathematics: GCSE (30 Nov 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many English state school students who applied for undergraduate studies at UK universities for the academic year 2020–21 did not have any (1) Maths GCSEs, (2) English GCSEs, or (3) both Maths and English GCSEs, at Grade 4 or above.

Initial Teacher Training - Motion to Take Note (18 Nov 2021)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, I echo other noble Lords in thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Donaghy, for securing this debate and bringing to the House’s attention the crucial matter of initial teacher training recruitment and the role of universities and other bodies in ensuring the supply and education of new teachers. I am sure she was being harsh on herself when she described her teaching assistant career,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Secondary Education: Equality (18 Nov 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the manifesto by Teach First A fighting chance for every child: a manifesto for ending educational inequality, published in August; and in particular the recommendation that they should "pilot a reduction in teachers' timetables" in one per cent of the most disadvantaged secondary schools in England.

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords] (15 Nov 2021)

Kate Green: It is a great pleasure to follow the Secretary of State. I place on record my thanks to Lord Watson, Baroness Wilcox and Baroness Sherlock for their work on the Bill. I hope the House will protect some of the improvements made to the Bill, on a cross-party basis, in the House of Lords. Over the past decade we have repeatedly heard from Conservative Members that skills matter and that further...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care (5 Nov 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of investing in flexible childcare arrangements on the annual earnings of working mothers.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care (5 Nov 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the amount of subsidised childcare for children aged between three and four years old from 570 to 720 hours per year to cover the duration of school holidays

Biometric Recognition Technologies in Schools - Question for Short Debate (4 Nov 2021)

Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, for bringing to the House’s attention the important matter of facial and other biometric recognition technologies in schools. He says that I am versatile, but I think that he is versatile. I have been a Whip in many departments and I always seem to be answering his questions, whatever department I am in, so I think we are both...

Written Answers — Treasury: Children: Day Care (4 Nov 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Centre for Progressive Policy report Women in the Workforce – Boosting Mothers’ employment and earnings, published on 14 October, and in particular the finding that the UK has the second lowest public spend on childcare among OECD economies.

Education: Teacher Departures - Question (3 Nov 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Storey, has just referred to a suggestion by the organisation Teach First about disadvantaged schools. That came from a report published by the organisation last year, which also showed that, when teachers were asked why they would resign from the profession, workload was the reason most often cited. The Minister will know that, in 2018, the Department for...

Black History Month — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (28 Oct 2021)

Robin Walker: I would say to the hon. Lady that that is just what I tried to set out. We think that, where there is any disparity, it needs to be addressed. That is one of the things that Ofsted is already encouraged to look into. It is also one of the reasons that we are looking at our behaviour and exclusions guidance to see how we can address the issue more generally. It was good to hear the hon. Lady...


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