Education Committee – Ofqual National Reference Test

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.

Backbench Business Committee – Childcare for fostered children

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