Yesterday, I hosted the first in what is to become a series of Head Teacher round tables that gives Heads from Colne Valley the opportunity to talk frankly about the UK’s education system. I’ll be using the feedback to inform my work on the Education Select Committee and as an MP.
Today, I asked the Secretary of State for Education what his thoughts were on the ethics of the deeply worrying reports that an increasing number of children under 5 are being medicated for challenging behaviour.
– 50% of schools and colleges have dropped a modern foreign language
– 34% have dropped STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects
– 67% have reduced student support
– 77% are teaching in larger class sizes
These statistics from the Sixth Form Colleges Association show that the 16-18 funding situation is dire, and needs addressing.
Today Parliament will have the opportunity to vote on the Heathrow expansion. The current proposals do not meet the four criteria that Labour set out, and research shows it will have a negative impact on the North, reducing jobs and investment. As such I will be voting against the expansion of Heathrow.