TES – Pressure on teachers to protect children’s mental health

Back in December, I spoke to the TES (Times Educational Supplement), about my experience as a teacher, the work I have done in Parliament since being elected and my priorities for the New Year.

In particular, I’m concerned about the pressure being put on teachers to help protect children’s mental health, and the effect this is having on their wellbeing.

I believe that teachers are saying: ‘Where does my brief end? I came into this as an educator. Of course there’s a pastoral role, but I’m not a mental health nurse. What else am I responsible for?’

Here is the link to the article: https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/enough-they-can-only-do-so-much-mps-concern-over-teachers-mental

Road Safety Week

During Road Safety Week in November, it was interesting to experience what it would be like to drive with glaucoma using a state-of-the-art driving simulator that @VisionExpress brought to Parliament.

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.