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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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York Press column – Flood risk returns as York rolls out the vaccine

York Press column – Flood risk returns as York rolls out the vaccine

With the return of York’s flooding problem last week on top of covid, the resilience of our city is being given a real test. Of course, it has not been found wanting, and I pay a warm tribute to the City of York Council, Environment Agency and emergency services staff who are working to get

HandyMag column – Vaccine rollout gives hope for 2021

The plunge into renewed lockdown due to the vicious new strain of Coronavirus is...

Julian applauds Vaccines Delivery Plan

Julian has applauded the efforts of the Government’s Vaccines Delivery Plan – the biggest vaccination...

York Outer flood risk update

I am closely monitoring the situation, and have checked in with our local Environment...

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.”