Raising Standards in Our Local Schools

Nothing matters more than delivering a good education for our children. I have set up termly meetings with all our headteachers to ensure I have a thorough understanding of the needs of schools across the constituency.

I am also keen to support other opportunities for our young people to develop the skills they need to succeed and am a regular visitor to our local National Citizen Service scheme.


A huge funding boost for schools

I’ve warmly welcomed Boris Johnson’s announcement of a major increase in school funding. Next year the education budget will rise by £2.6 billion and the year after that it will go up by a further £4.8 billion.

A big focus on our local schools

On Wednesday I went to the Department for Education to meet Schools Minister Theo Agnew (pictured), who is responsible for the "Opportunity North East" programme for our local schools.

Listening to the next generation

It was great to welcome our new Member of the Youth Parliament, Gabrielle Shaw from Laurence Jackson School, to my office on Friday!

We had a good conversation about working together with local youth groups, young people's mental health and issues from knife crime to climate change.

Focus on East Cleveland Secondary Schools in Parliament

I was delighted to secure a debate in Westminster Hall on 21st May to raise the challenges faced by East Cleveland secondary schools in parliament. You can watch the debate in full here, or read the transcript of my speech and the Minister's response below.

Important update on Laurence Jackson School

Parents and pupils across Guisborough will be concerned this morning about Ofsted’s report on Laurence Jackson School.

I have arranged to meet the Head Teacher and Chairman of Governors next Friday, as well as Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.

Great funding news for two local schools

There’s been great news for KTS Academy in Brotton and Whitecliffe Academy in Carlin How this week. Both have received substantial sums for building works under the Government’s Condition Improvement Funding scheme for schools in 2019-20.

New support for our local schools

There's important news for pupils and parents at Laurence Jackson School and Freebrough Academy.

In October, the Government announced £24 million for "Opportunity North East" - a three year programme to improve education and employment outcomes in our region.

Welcome progress on a new secondary school for Middlesbrough

At Education Questions today I highlighted the totally unacceptable situation regarding the lack of secondary school places in Middlesbrough, and called for urgent action. A bid has been submitted for a new free school in Middlehaven.

School Places in Middlesbrough

I want to update you on the shortage of secondary school places in Middlesbrough that was reported yesterday. Some of the families affected are friends and I share their frustration and concern about what is a totally unacceptable situation.

Freebrough Academy - Update for Parents

I visited Freebrough Academy today to discuss the school turnaround plan with the new leadership team there. In my short video I explain the key issues.