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100015
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
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HM Treasury more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading UK Trade with EU more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the risk of the Eurozone returning to recession and the statement by the Chancellor of Exchequer that Britain could not be immune from any such event, they plan to encourage industry and commerce to diversify their markets and reduce their reliance on the European Union market. more like this
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
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star this property answer text <p>We have to recognise that the UK is not immune to problems elsewhere in the world. The UK has one of the most open economies in the world through trade and financial channels. In particular, growth in the euro area – our largest trading partner – is weak and we have to expect that to dampen our own recovery.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Since entering office, this Government has worked consistently towards a rebalancing of the UK economy and growing our trade with all parts of the world, including key emerging markets. Since 2010, for example, UKTI has increased the number of its overseas-based staff working outside the EU from 875 to 1060, reflecting the growing priority being given to non-EU markets; and, excluding aircraft, nearly all of the exports supported by UK Export Finance in recent years have been to markets outside the EU. Ministers continue to take an active role, including through the Chancellor-led annual Economic and Financial Dialogues with India and China, the most recent of which secured £2.4 billion in bilateral investment deals.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Deighton more like this
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less than 2014-11-03T17:17:00.0750466Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T17:17:00.0750466Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Deighton more like this
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950
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
100019
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
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Department for Transport more like this
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
star this property hansard heading Ukraine more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Kramer on 15 October (WS33–35), whether the interim report concerning the crash of Malaysian Airways Flight MH17 indicates whether the aircraft was attacked by warplanes or a ground-based missile; and when the final report is likely to be produced and published. more like this
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
star this property uin HL2234 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Dutch Safety Board published its preliminary report on the crash of Malaysian Airlines on 9 September 2014. Based on its preliminary findings to date, there is no indication of any operational or technical issues with either the aircraft or its crew. The damage observed on the forward section of the aircraft appears to indicate that the aircraft was penetrated by a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft. It is likely that it is this damage that resulted in the loss of structural integrity of the aircraft, leading to an in-flight break. The Dutch Safety Board is continuing with its investigation. There is no current indication when it will publish the final report.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-11-03T15:44:22.5557563Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T15:44:22.5557563Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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950
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
100041
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading European Union more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to repatriate powers from the European Union; and if so, which powers. more like this
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
star this property uin HL2247 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to reforming the EU to the benefit of all Member States, to make it more competitive, democratically accountable and fair for those inside and outside the Eurozone. Political parties have set out their position on the question of the appropriate exercise of competence in the EU. The Government’s policy is clear: we need an EU where decisions are taken at the right level, with issues best left to member states decided at the national level. We have already shown that such reform is possible: cutting the EU budget; ending the UK’s bailout obligations; cutting red tape in line with Business Taskforce recommendations; ensuring our fish stocks are managed regionally rather than centrally, agreeing three major Trade Agreements and launching trade talks with the US.</p><p>Support for EU reform is growing: this summer, the President-elect of the European Commission committed to explore improving the interaction between the Commission and national parliaments, which he recognised have a key role to play in enforcing the principle of subsidiarity; to completing the internal market in products and services; to creating the right regulatory environment and promoting a climate of entrepreneurship and job creation; and to working for a deal that “accepts the specificities of the UK in the EU, while allowing the Eurozone to integrate further.” The European Council also recognised the need for reform. It concluded in June that there was a need to protect the right to free movement from “misuse or fraudulent claims” and that “the concept of ever closer union allows for different paths of integration.”</p><p>The Government’s proposals for EU reform will continue to respect the UK’s obligations under the existing Treaties.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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HL2246 more like this
HL2249 more like this
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less than 2014-11-03T15:07:43.5838293Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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950
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
100043
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading European Union more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent comments by Mr José Manuel Barroso, they will publish details of what powers they consider can be repatriated from the European Union to the United Kingdom which would not be illegal under the existing treaties. more like this
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
star this property uin HL2249 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to reforming the EU to the benefit of all Member States, to make it more competitive, democratically accountable and fair for those inside and outside the Eurozone. Political parties have set out their position on the question of the appropriate exercise of competence in the EU. The Government’s policy is clear: we need an EU where decisions are taken at the right level, with issues best left to member states decided at the national level. We have already shown that such reform is possible: cutting the EU budget; ending the UK’s bailout obligations; cutting red tape in line with Business Taskforce recommendations; ensuring our fish stocks are managed regionally rather than centrally, agreeing three major Trade Agreements and launching trade talks with the US.</p><p>Support for EU reform is growing: this summer, the President-elect of the European Commission committed to explore improving the interaction between the Commission and national parliaments, which he recognised have a key role to play in enforcing the principle of subsidiarity; to completing the internal market in products and services; to creating the right regulatory environment and promoting a climate of entrepreneurship and job creation; and to working for a deal that “accepts the specificities of the UK in the EU, while allowing the Eurozone to integrate further.” The European Council also recognised the need for reform. It concluded in June that there was a need to protect the right to free movement from “misuse or fraudulent claims” and that “the concept of ever closer union allows for different paths of integration.”</p><p>The Government’s proposals for EU reform will continue to respect the UK’s obligations under the existing Treaties.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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HL2246 more like this
HL2247 more like this
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less than 2014-11-03T15:07:43.6741542Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T15:07:43.6741542Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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950
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
100050
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading EU Enlargement more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the process of accession of further countries from the former Yugoslavia to the European Union, any steps are being taken to ensure that British citizens are compensated for any deprivation of property during the Tito era. more like this
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Lord Ashcroft more like this
star this property uin HL2256 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The accession process of countries from the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the European Union does not involve steps specifically aimed at ensuring that British citizens are compensated for any deprivation of property during the Tito era. However the criteria for EU accession for candidate countries do include a requirement to implement measures to ensure that the rule of law is firmly embedded within the judicial and political system. This includes respect for private property, and we note that the European Commission has highlighted specifically the need for progress on restitution of property in its most recent annual enlargement Progress Reports on the Western Balkans countries published on 8 October. Furthermore, all Western Balkan countries have ratified the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms, the First Protocol of which enshrines the principle of respect for private property. <br><br>Some Western Balkans countries have, in recent years, made progress on the restitution of private property. Serbia invited applications for restitution and received 75,000 of them. Montenegro and Albania have been slower to implement their legislation on restitution, as highlighted in successive annual country Progress Reports by the European Commission. In 2012, the Commission recognised progress regarding restitution of property in Macedonia seized under the former Yugoslav Communist regime, despite administrative and judicial delays. In May, Albania (which was not part of the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) submitted an action plan to the Council of Europe, aiming to create, by June 2015, an effective mechanism to enforce decisions on restitution of, or compensation for, property nationalised during the Communist regime. The Kosovo Property Claims Commission and Kosovo Property Agency continue to resolve outstanding private property disputes resulting from the 1998-99 armed conflict. Over 40,000 claims have been decided. Bosnia and Herzegovina has made no progress on restitution of private property in the last four years. Despite earlier attempts to enact a legal framework, there is none in place.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2014-11-03T15:09:31.4943649Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T15:09:31.4943649Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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2568
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ashcroft more like this
100055
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading National Identity more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of comments by the Secretary of State for Education, what they mean by "British values". more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL2261 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Secretary of State was referring to the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and the mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These values were defined in the Government’s Prevent Strategy in 2011. All schools are now required to actively promote these values.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-11-03T15:29:39.3939952Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T15:29:39.3939952Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
100059
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Mental Health Services: Young People more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use when distributing grants to groups offering mental health support to young people. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL2265 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>On 16 October the Department for Education published a national prospectus setting out the key activities the Department wishes to promote through organisations working with children, young people and families. Children and young people's mental health is one of the seven priority areas on which applications are sought. Within that area, the Department is looking to support projects which work with education providers and children’s services to improve prevention, early identification and access to specialist interventions.</p><p> </p><p>The detailed process and criteria for applications to the Prospectus can be found online at: <a href="https://online.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk/Common/View%20Notice.aspx?site=1000&amp;lang=en&amp;NoticeId=1592512" target="_blank">https://online.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk/Common/View%20Notice.aspx?site=1000&amp;lang=en&amp;NoticeId=1592512</a></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-11-03T17:59:44.1325448Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T17:59:44.1325448Z
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4270
star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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1796
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
100554
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Pre-school Education: Basic Skills more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to reduce attainment gaps in literacy and numeracy between boys and girls in pre-school education in the short and long term. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL2291 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework for all early years providers [1]. The EYFS seeks to provide quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress, attainment gaps are reduced and no child gets left behind. The EYFS specifies areas in which early years providers must support children to develop, including literacy and numeracy. It is the responsibility of early years providers to identify and meet the learning and development needs of the children attending their setting. The EYFS requires providers to carry out ongoing assessment of children’s development and needs and should address any learning and development needs in partnership with parents and/or carers, and any relevant professionals.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Education is increasing the level of required English and maths qualifications for members of the early years workforce. This will ensure that all those working with young children have the right skills to support all children to achieve appropriate levels of literacy and numeracy.</p><p> </p><p>1. We have published guidance on Teacher’s Standards (Early Years) which includes a requirement for Early Years Teachers to demonstrate a clear understanding of synthetic phonics and strategies for teaching early mathematics. The standards also require Early Years Teachers to plan and adapt education to cater for the needs of individual children, to make accurate assessments to inform children’s learning and development and to promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.</p><p> </p><p>2. Early Years Teachers must pass the same professional skills tests as trainee school teachers and must have GCSE English and maths at grade C or above on entry to training courses.</p><p> </p><p>3. NCTL published new, more robust, criteria for level 3 qualifications in July 2013 – the “Early Years Educator” criteria. They set out the minimum requirements for the knowledge, understanding and skills which learners must demonstrate during assessment for their qualification to be considered qualified at level 3. The criteria include a requirement for qualifications to include a focus on recognising and meeting the individual learning and development needs of children.</p><p> </p><p>4. From 1 August 2014, Government funding of Level 3 Early Years Educator training courses through the Skills Funding Agency will require trainees to have GCSEs in English and maths, at grade C or above, on entry. The EYFS has been amended to require staff holding a new Early Years Educator qualification to have achieved GCSEs in English/English Language and maths, at grade C or above, in order to count in the staff ratios at level 3. From September 2014, GCSE English and maths, at grade C or above, will be required on exit from a level 3 early years apprenticeship. This is an interim measure to support the sector in reaching the higher standards required. From August 2015, the GCSEs in English and maths, at grade C or above, will be required on entry to an early years apprenticeship.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department is also working with experts in the voluntary sector and charitable organisations to support work in these key areas. We have funded English and Maths Champions programmes through the National Day Nurseries Association to spread good practice in teaching literacy and numeracy in the early years.</p><p> </p><p>We are investing £1.4m in the Early Language Development Programme – which has so far helped well over 100,000 parents and family members to spot problems and get support with their children’s speech and language. This work is being led by I CAN, the children’s communications charity. We are also investing almost £1m in the work of the Literacy Trust to develop a model to improve targeting and engagement of the most vulnerable families by staff in Children’s Centres and support volunteers to improve children's early literacy and language skills.</p><p> </p><p>[1] <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2</a></p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-11-03T17:12:51.3662098Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T17:12:51.3662098Z
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4270
star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4238
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
100555
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Climate Change: Curriculum more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the presence of climate change analysis in schools' science curricula. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL2292 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The draft key stage 4 science curriculum, currently being consulted on, and the new science GCSE criteria, published in April 2014, include opportunities for students to learn about climate change as part of what they are taught about atmospheric and Earth science. This includes evidence for the composition and evolution of the Earth’s atmosphere since its formation, along with the evidence, and uncertainties in evidence, for additional anthropogenic causes of climate change. This builds on the key stage 3 science curriculum introduced into schools in September 2014 where pupils are taught about the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere and the carbon cycle. This includes the production of carbon dioxide by human activity and the impact on climate.</p><p> </p><p>Pupils will also be taught about the change in the Earth’s climate from the Ice Age to the present day as part of the new key stage 3 Geography curriculum that was also introduced in September 2014.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-11-03T15:30:24.0253743Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T15:30:24.0253743Z
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4270
star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4238
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
100556
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Secondary Education more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the teaching of philosophical and critical thinking in secondary schools at a (1) pre-GCSE, and (2) post-GCSE level. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL2293 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The new national curriculum, which was introduced in September 2014, focuses on the essential knowledge that must be taught, allowing teachers to take greater control over the wider curriculum in schools and how it is taught. Whilst philosophical and critical thinking skills are important, it is not necessary to specify these in the national curriculum. Instead, it should be left to teachers’ professional judgement to decide how best to ensure that their pupils develop these skills, as part of a broad and balanced school curriculum which encompasses, but is not limited by, the national curriculum.</p><p> </p><p>A number of Religious Studies GCSE specifications allow pupils to study philosophy. At post GCSE-level, level 3 qualifications are available in critical thinking and philosophy.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-11-03T15:29:03.4448755Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T15:29:03.4448755Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this