November 2020: News from your local MP

October 27 2020

Children deserve best chances

AS the local Member of Parliament, I'm absolutely determined that we continue to accelerate the pace of school improvement so that, regardless of where people have come from and where they have grown up, they get that opportunity to succeed.

This is even more important considering the impact on children’s education that the national lockdown has had, particularly on the most disadvantaged pupils.

 I was therefore delighted to showcase South Gloucestershire Council’s trailblazing ‘Recovery Curriculum’ at a meeting I organised with the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson.  The ‘Recovery Curriculum’ is designed to help all students returning to school after the disruption of the past few months to get back into learning. I was able to hear first hand how it is having a positive impact for our pupils at one of our schools on a visit there – one of many school visits I enjoy doing up and down the constituency.

 I have also welcomed the council’s investment to improve school buildings - 17 improvement projects have been carried out over recent weeks. Projects already completed include roof repairs at Courtney School in Kingswood and Barley Close Community Primary. Cherry Garden Primary’s (Bitton) fire alarm system has been replaced and St Barnabas Primary’s (North Common) extension has had a new boiler fitted.

I have also been hosting a series of Jobcast webinars with representatives from various industries including retail, care, and training, to discuss current vacancies, apprenticeships and careers, and highlight the opportunities available locally. It has been a difficult few months and I am glad to be able to run this online series with businesses and employers to share their useful advice and information for people looking for a new job or training opportunity. I am delighted to have been joined by organisations including SGS College, Tesco, ASDA, the local Jobcentre and the Restore Trust for the four episodes recorded so far, which are now available on my Facebook and YouTube pages, with more sessions planned for the next few weeks.