I wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year! It’s been 6 months since I became your MP, I wanted to share with you what I have been up to.
In the Select Committee session with Ofqual last week, I asked Sally Collier, Chief Regulator of Ofqual, about why only 50% of teachers are aware of the National Reference Test, which was introduced last year.
This photo is from the Marsden lights switch-on a few weeks ago of Rob and I. We both wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas!
On Tuesday, the Education Select Committee spoke to Sally Collier and Roger Taylor, the Chief Regulator and Chair of Ofqual.
I raised that one of Ofqual’s aims is to promote public confidence in the assessment system, and then highlighted that only 2% of the public were aware of the introduction of the National Reference Test, aimed at assessing changes in performance over time.
I went before the Backbench Business Committee with the Chair of the Education Select Committee, to speak in favour of an application for a debate on the exclusion of fostered children from the extra 15 hours free childcare entitlement.
This is the only group of vulnerable children that are explicitly excluded from the policy, and I am very concerned about the implications this can have for the children and those who look after them.
Many of these children will have already experienced a level of trauma in their lives, and excluding them from additional opportunities to learn and develop will set them out as ‘different’ to their peers.
I’m pleased that the Minister has decided to support these families by putting plans in the works to include these children in the entitlement. #FosteringFairness