Category Archives: Education

The Blair Government invested heavily in early years education and the Cameron Government began well by promising to retain childrens centres. That has become one more piece of this Governments hyperbole at best. The truth was that Blairs reforms did not go far enough and now the ground is being moved from under our childrens feet. No stone should be left unturned as we protect the future of our next generation.

The House of Lords raised two vital themes


Last week in Parliament two very important themes were raised in the House of Lords by Sussex Peers. Sadly, the first of them which related to apprenticeships, raised by Ralph Palmer had some deeply negative comments that I don’t recognise. … Continue reading

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Youth Charity Time’s Running Out


According to two very significant Charities, the “Youth services are under threat and they have lost opportunities for young people”. This statement comes as the subtitle of this report that has just been published this month. The two charities are … Continue reading

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A pathetic response from DfE and Government


Back on the 26th May a person called Joeli Brearley who is shown here set out this petition to send to the Government with the title “Commission an independent review of childcare funding and affordability” which seems like a very … Continue reading

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Will Government ask Small Companies about Apprenticeships?


A few days ago on 26th July, this written question from an MP in Woking called Jonathan Lord was answered by Gillian Keegan who is the MP for Chichester. Whilst all of the words were very good, the challenge is … Continue reading

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Priti Patel must take on board the views of Abbee McLatchie


A few days ago there was a call from the National Youth Agency (NYA) and one of their key workers Abbee McLatchie to the Government. The comments can be obtained from this article in the CYP Now magazine. Abbee is … Continue reading

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Sussex Chamber of Commerce has a lot of work to achieve


Two weeks ago in the House of Lords there were a number of debates on the theme of amendments for the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill. One of the debates under the heading of Amendment 76a took place on 19th … Continue reading

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Skills and Post-16 Education Bill – Amendment 82 is vital


Two weeks ago towards the end of the Parliamentary activities for this Summer there was a debate taking place in the House of Lords on the various amendments for the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill. It is clearly important for … Continue reading

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British Sign Language needs a public response


On Monday there was a response from Nick Gibb to a written question set out by Daisy Cooper who is the Liberal Democratic Education spokesperson. The question related to British Sign Language (BSL) in education settings. Although that question did … Continue reading

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Some Sussex MPs support Water Safety and Foreign Aid


Last Monday there was a Parliamentary debate which responded to a public petition that called for improved education to protect children in water settings. A few of the opening words from Catherine Mckinnell, the MP from Newcastle expressed very clearly … Continue reading

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Local Skills Improvement Trailblazer for Sussex


Yesterday in the House of Lords, a Government Minister who I happen to have worked with on several occasions made a statement that was part of a debate on amendment 8 as part of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill. … Continue reading

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