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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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York Press column –  York’s path to normality and mental health investment

York Press column – York’s path to normality and mental health investment

While the toll of coronavirus remains very great, with the successful completion of the first phase of the vaccination programme, and the Monday 22nd unveiling of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, we now seem to be at the turn of the tide. A new study from Imperial College London shows infections have fallen by

Lockdown Exit Roadmap

March 8: All schools to reopen. All school sport back, alongside breakfast and aftershool...

Lockdown exit roadmap – Julian calls for faster relaxation if vaccination progress accelerates and earlier opening for safe indoor hospitality

I welcome the clarity the overall exit plan brings for York households and businesses,...

Statement ahead of Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Update

With the fantastic news that all adults should receive their first dose of a...

Lockdown education and exams announcement

January 6, 2021

“I welcome the Education Secretary’s clarification today that GCSE and A-level grades will be awarded this summer via teacher assessment in place of cancelled exams. This gives certainty to pupils, parents, and teachers, and should avoid any repeat of last summer’s attempt to impose grades via algorithm, with schools instead trusted this year to fairly assess and support their students at this very challenging time.

Having criticised the government over the algorithm mistake, I will be watching carefully to ensure York’s children receive teacher-assessed grades as outlined, and am ready to take up any concerns parents and pupils wish to raise with me.

Given the terrible impact of school closures on the development of young people, especially those from less advantaged backgrounds, I am reassured by the mandatory duty on schools to provide 3-5 hours of quality remote education per day, to make sure our children do not fall irretrievably behind.

I am very much aware of the big challenge of expecting parents to immediately facilitate remote learning, given the computer technology required, and have previously raised the need to ensure there is adequate laptop provision for disadvantaged students in the House of Commons. I therefore welcome the ongoing massive rollout of over 1 million laptops and tablets to pupils, with more than 560,000 already delivered, and will remain on hand to ensure York households have the resources to ensure education continues during lockdown.

I want to see all pupils back in school as soon as physically possible, and will look to guide government policy on testing and vaccination to this end.”