A regular visitor to Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, Dr Poulter very much enjoyed meeting with a group of Year 12 students, all of whom were currently coming to the conclusion of their A level studies.
The students were pleased to have the opportunity to put their questions to their local MP and certainly put Dr Poulter through his political paces, with topics ranging from climate change, immigration policy and mental health in young people. It goes without saying that the pandemic featured highly in the discussions, with Dr Poulter hearing first-hand how the students felt this had impacted upon them. Notably the students were keen to ask Dr Dan opinion on whether the Department for Education would take into consideration that knock on effects of teacher-assessed grades and whether in future years, the department may consider changing the assessment system rather than returning to a purely exam-centred assessment.
As a practising NHS mental health doctor, Dr Dan was especially pleased to hear from Mr Chittock, Thomas Mills’ Year 12 Head of Year, that the school had trained a group of students in Mental Health First Aid and that the school will be seeking to continue this valuable programme.
In closing the visit, Dr Dan also talked to Mr Hurst, Thomas Mills’ Headteacher, regarding the challenges that the school had faced during the pandemic. Mr Hurst felt that both the staff and the pupils had coped exceptionally well and he was proud of how hard his staff had worked to provide the alternative learning and assessments.