Bees are absolutely vital to British agriculture and ecosystems: more than three-quarters of all crops are pollinated by bees, an action FOTE values at nearly £2 billion. Unfortunately, bees are in decline.
This week has been the 6th annual National Apprenticeships Week celebrating the successes and positive impact of apprenticeships across the country.
Michael Gove as Education Secretary has, it seems, been given a free rein by David Cameron and Nick Clegg to make merry. Gove in response has decreed that it’s the best elements of the education of the past that will take education and our economy into the future. I would ask – where’s the evidence?
Does this Government really think that a railway, High Speed 2, that will only be completed in 20 years is adequate investment to breathe life back into our economy?
Addressing high student turnover
The Chancellor is not unreasonable in wanting to ‘drive down the deficit’ – particularly as there is an attractive logic to making a national budget sound like a household budget. But the reality is more complicated.
New interest in this debate.
My views on reducing the voting age.
I believe that our manufacturing sector is vital if we are going to rebalance our economy geographically, away from an overreliance on London and the South East, and by sector, away from an overdependence on too few industries.
If you ask most social workers what they would wish for, it might be the ability to see into the future.
When a social worker begins working with a child and his or her family they are hoping against hope that the parent or parents will be able to take the necessary steps to prove that they are able to care for the child.
The education sector has long been plagued with trying to understand how best to assess and measure children and young people’s attainment. How do we measure how much information this person knows? How do we measure how effectively a school or college has made information available to young people through teaching?
In my role as Chair of the Education and Skills Select Committee, and as a long-standing parliamentarian, I have visited hundreds of schools and colleges and met, through that process, hundreds of extraordinarily dedicated and talented Headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants and governors.
There are, however, people who work in education who believe that schools are there to serve their needs primarily, and not those of the next generation of scientists, entrepreneurs, and indeed, teachers.
How will we ever forgive ourselves if we do nothing to help young people coming out of school, college, and university, to find a job?
Actor Patrick Stewart has unveiled a new weather station at the John Clare Centre in Helpston.
The station will provide educational and environmental learning facilities for local schools and the community.