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Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 91A (21 Jul 2021)

Baroness Henig: The noble Lord, Lord Watson of Invergowrie, has a question that he would like to put to the Minister.

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 100 (21 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, this is the final group today and I see that I am the only speaker, other than the Minister. Clause 22 creates a power for the Department for Education to intervene in cases where a college is failing to meet local needs as set out in a local skills improvement plan. The Minister may not be aware that this is the eighth time that the DfE has amended its intervention powers in the...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 90C (21 Jul 2021)

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her response and all noble Lords who have contributed to this debate. The contribution from the noble Lord, Lord Aberdare, made me think of an incident when an old man collapsed outside Sheffield Town Hall, obviously extremely ill. I happened to be the first one to reach him and the first to call an ambulance, but I was very relieved when another passer-by...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 91 (21 Jul 2021)

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle: My Lords it is a pleasure to follow—if unexpectedly—the noble Lord, Lord Addington, and to express support for the intention of this amendment. In a way, it is an acknowledgement that individuals gaining skills is to the benefit of all us. We should acknowledge that we are not talking here about narrow, financial cost-benefit calculations, but rather acknowledging that skills have a wide...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 90 (21 Jul 2021)

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle: My Lords, I must first apologise for my absence from this Committee on Monday, particularly to the noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock, and the noble Lord, Lord Watson of Invergowrie, whose amendments I had signed. It was entirely due to an administrative foul-up on my part. I speak today in support of the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Willetts, which in some ways reflects what is...

Register of Home-educated Children - Question (21 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, I agree with noble Lords who have said that many parents are able to—and indeed do—successfully home educate their children. However, with respect, that is not the issue here. Is it not a scandal that an accurate figure for school-age children not being educated in school is not available? Local authorities are not required to keep a register and they cannot visit children at...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupil Premium: Children in Care (21 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of extending the pupil premium for Looked After and Previously Looked After children (Pupil Premium Plus) beyond Year 11, to include students in post-16 education.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Adoption (21 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Adoption UK The Adoption Barometer: A stocktake of adoption in the UK, published in June, and, in particular, (1) the recommendation for a 10-year commitment to the Adoption Support Fund in England, (2) their finding that only 54 per cent of respondents felt the process for accessing the Adoption Support Fund was...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 89A (19 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: ...and Research Bill. This amendment in particular evokes the many considered by your Lordships’ House on the teaching excellence framework. As an aside, I say that the Bill we are considering today has about 100 amendments being discussed over four Committee days. We are fortunate, because in 2017 the Higher Education and Research Bill had more than 500 amendments tabled to it over seven...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 87 (19 Jul 2021)

Baroness Penn: My Lords, the Kickstart scheme was created and deployed rapidly to provide urgent jobs for young people to support their long-term work prospects. Kickstart will help to reduce the long-term effects of unemployment caused by the pandemic. To be effective, the scheme must be targeted. It is for that reason that Kickstart funds the creation of jobs for people aged 16 to 24 on universal credit...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 79 (19 Jul 2021)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I thank the Noble Lord, Lord Watson, for tabling this amendment and have great sympathy with its purpose. The Government know that many learners need more flexible access to courses helping them to train, upskill or retrain alongside work, family and personal commitments, as both their circumstances and the economy change. We also recognise that the current lack of a systematic and...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 76A (19 Jul 2021)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, Amendment 76A relates to intervention in FE college and sixth-form college corporations and designated institutions. The measures that we set out in Clause 22, to which the amendment relates, will enable the Secretary of State to intervene where the education or training has failed adequately to meet local needs. It is, as the noble Lord, Lord Watson, outlined, a new duty under...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 76 (19 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, again, we have had a stimulating debate, with many insightful contributions. I have to say that we support Amendment 76, in the names of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Clarke, and my noble friends Lord Layard and Lord Rooker. It is similar in its first provision to ours, which references “All persons aged 19 or older”, while theirs states: “Any person of any age has the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Children (19 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Centre for Social Justice Kids can’t catch up if they don’t show up, published on 27 June, which found that almost 100,000 children did not return to schools full-time when they re-opened in March.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Coronavirus (19 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of media reports that school pupils are using fruit juice to produce fake positive COVID-19 tests.

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 72 (15 Jul 2021)

Lord Aberdare: My Lords, this is a probing amendment intended to explore more fully the Government’s intentions in respect of independent training providers—ITPs—and their role in relation to the provisions of the Bill. I was delighted that my noble friend Lady Greengross raised this issue right at the beginning of our debate, so it has in a sense been bookended by ITPs. According to the Bill’s...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 62 (15 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, I am pleased to signify our support for Amendment 62 and commend the passion with which the noble Lord, Lord Addington, spoke, as he unfailingly does on matters relating to those with special educational needs. The Government must surely accept this amendment because page 30 in the Bill’s policy summary notes, under the heading, “What is the Government doing to support the...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 59 (15 Jul 2021)

Baroness Garden of Frognal: ..., raises an issue that engaged us at Second Reading—namely, the relationship between Ofqual and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education—and was raised by the noble Lord, Lord Watson, on a previous group. The matter of regulation is causing concern in the awarding sector, because it is not clear who has authority for end-point assessment for apprenticeships, and it is...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 47 (15 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, I thank the Minister for doing what she always does and giving comprehensive replies to almost all the points raised by noble Lords—not to anyone’s great satisfaction, I suspect, but, none the less, I think she has understood the points we have made without, perhaps, giving them as much credence as we would have liked. This has been a really good debate, informed by...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 41 (15 Jul 2021)

Baroness Penn: My Lords, Clause 5 places a duty on governing bodies of institutions within the further education sector to periodically review their provision against local needs and to consider changes that might improve the way that those needs are met. Regular reviews of provision should be a key part of strategic curriculum planning within every college, as the noble Lord, Lord Watson, pointed out. As...


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