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Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 39 (15 Jul 2021)

Baroness Penn: My Lords, now that I have de-masked myself, I will first make two remarks to the noble Lord, Lord Watson. In my enthusiasm to start my speaking role on this Bill, I did not thank him for his kind words in welcoming me to the Dispatch Box. I also acknowledge completely his point about the timing of various announcements and the need to ensure that noble Lords have as much information as...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 27 (15 Jul 2021)

Baroness Garden of Frognal: My Lords, I support Amendment 27 in the names of the noble Lords, Lord Patel and Lord Aberdare, and Amendment 30 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Watson of Invergowrie. These amendments stress the need for local and national co-ordination and place a duty on the Secretary of State to ensure that local and national skills needs are both involved in national policy planning, which is surely...

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

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: ...the amendments and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, and the noble Baroness, Lady Garden, on reminding us of the bigger picture in skills development. Effectively, these amendments relate to the national skills strategy and seek to ensure that employers, colleges and universities adopt a far-sighted approach by planning to develop the skills and apprenticeships for the jobs of the...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 12 (15 Jul 2021)

Baroness Penn: My Lords, as already discussed, local skills improvement plans will be developed by employer representative bodies working closely with employers, providers and key stakeholders. Guidance to support the publication of the plans will not expand the scope of the legislation but will provide further detail on the process and best practice to support the development and delivery of LSIPs. That...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 8 (15 Jul 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, I move this amendment in the name of my noble friend Lord Watson of Invergowrie. This amendment sets out the complementary roles of schools, colleges and universities by joining up the wider education and skills system so that it better meets society’s needs and gives people the skills they need. Delivering this means ensuring that we develop the right balance of autonomy,...

Early Years Foundation Stage (Miscellaneous Amendments) and Childcare Fees (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Regret (13 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her response. I also thank all noble Lords who have spoken. It is not often that I am accused of being timorous, as suggested by the noble Lord, Lord Addington, but I am sure he meant it as a compliment. The Back-Bench speakers were all opposed to reception baseline assessment; only the strength of their rhetoric varied. The Minister must have felt that she...

Covid-19: Education Settings - Statement (8 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, once again I want to pay tribute to all education staff, pupils and parents, who have done so much over the past 16 months to ensure that children and young people were able to have as much learning as was possible in the most trying of circumstances. Last week, in a repeat of an Urgent Question in your Lordships’ House, I asked the Minister to confirm that parents, pupils and...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 5 (6 Jul 2021)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I am grateful to noble Lords for their contributions. I am optimistic about persuading the noble Baroness, Lady Morris, once again of the merit of the employer representative bodies being in charge of the local skills improvement plans. I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Baker for his challenge, which was an important one. I can confirm to him that, particularly in my role as...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (6 Jul 2021)

Baroness Berridge: Sorry, no. On Amendment 2 from the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett, in relation to potential employers, start-up businesses and the self-employed, I strongly agree with her on the importance of ensuring that employers’ voices are central to the local skills improvement plan. That is why it is clear in the Bill that, once designated, the employer representative body must draw on the views of...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Primary Education: Assessments (5 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many statutory assessments were required for pupils in primary schools in (1) 2018–19, (2) 2019–20, and (3) 2020–21; and how many will be required in 2021–22.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Literacy: Teaching Methods (5 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their decision to administer a phonics screening check to year 2 pupils in the 2021–22 autumn term, what assessment they have made of the effects of such tests on children's mental health and wellbeing.

Covid-19: Education Attendance - Commons Urgent Question (1 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, according to the Department for Education’s own figures, last week one in 20 children in state schools in England were absent due to confirmed coronavirus infections. I hope that the Minister can explain why secondary school pupils were no longer required to wear masks in classrooms from mid-May, when cases were rising and masks still had to be worn in shops and other indoor...

Channel 4: Funding and Governance - Question (1 Jul 2021)

Baroness Barran: My Lords, I am tempted to invite the noble Lord, Lord Watson, to respond. As part of their ongoing strategic review of the UK system of public service broadcasting, the Government will be consulting on the future of Channel 4, including its ownership model and remit. A fast-evolving media landscape, increasing competition and changing audience habits pose imminent challenges. Moving Channel 4...

Children’s Rights: Digital Environment - Question (1 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: ...confusion from the Lord Speaker. My Lords, The Ofcom Online Nation 2021 Report showed that lockdown had highlighted the digital divide and that, with one in 10 households without access to the internet during lockdown, it had been magnified and was clearly a severe socioeconomic problem. Last week the Times reported that Amazon was engaged in the mass disposal of unused IT equipment, with...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Training (29 Jun 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government why the document Delivering World-Class Teacher Development, published on 8 June, contains no reference to universities.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Vocational Guidance (28 Jun 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect career hubs to be established in every part of England; and what plans they have to support such expansion.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Training: Accountability (28 Jun 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to launch a consultation on introducing new accountability structures underpinning the delivery of local skills improvement plans, and related matters; and when they plan to launch this consultation.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Chromosome Abnormalities (28 Jun 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure children with (1) DiGeorge syndrome, and (2) other genetic conditions, receive specialist support to address and prevent any loss of learning and social skills further to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 Jun 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bird, on reintroducing this Bill on hardwiring into policy-making the future interests of generations. As he said, we cannot have the future continuously put off. Of course, the fundamental question is how to overcome the short-termism in policy development that is inherent in democracies. Perhaps it is simply human nature for Ministers to give...

Children: Care Homes - Question (21 Jun 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, it was deeply disappointing to see that the first report, published last week, of the MacAlister review of children’s social care, did not champion 16 and 17 year-olds in care, instead following the position of Ministers on unregistered homes. With the Government attempting to defend the indefensible by citing the fact that children aged 16 can marry or enter civil partnerships...


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