Our children are our future, and giving each and every child in Suffolk the very best start in life and the chance to fulfil their full potential is something Dan strongly believes in as your local MP, and locally, we are lucky to have many dedicated and committed teachers and school governors who act in the best interests of the children they look after and teach.
Last week, Dan invited Michael Gove MP, the Government Cabinet Minister for education, to meet over 50 primary and secondary school headteachers from his Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency to hear their views, concerns and aspirations. Our schools in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich like Ormiston, Hartismere, Kesgrave, Debenham and Thomas Mills High have been amongst the first to become academy schools. The Government’s successful academy school programme has been welcomed by local schools as it has enabled them to have more control over how and what pupils are taught, and this is already bringing great benefits to local children and young people. During his visit, Michael Gove acknowledged that the schools funding formula under the previous Labour Government often penalised more rural counties like Suffolk and Dan was pleased to hear that, in the fullness of time, he is committed to ensuring that Suffolk will receive more money for our schools.
Headteachers left the meeting in good spirits and enjoyed the opportunity to talk through local challenges with Michael Gove. The message he left us with is a good one – that “schools in Suffolk have a bright future” thanks to a generation of enthusiastic local teachers. Dan would like to thank all those Headteachers who attended.
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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (11 Dec 2018)
Private parking enforcement at commercial ports and trading estates – Daniel Poulter. Adjournment debate
Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: General Practitioners: Recruitment (7 Dec 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the number of full-time equivalent GPs in England; and will he make a statement.