Education Committee – MAT Leaders’ Salaries

In the Education Committee session with Nick Gibb MP, I suggested that the people who would be best placed to run a Multi Acadmy Trust, are those who have the moral purpose and social conscience to refuse an exorbitant salary, and instead ensure that there is money to support the most vulnerable children in their schools.

It was lovely to welcome women from the Colne Valley on Monday, and to have a cup of tea with them on the terrace!

They had lots of questions about what life is like for a woman in politics today.

My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones, and who were on the front line dealing with the horrific aftermath of the attack in Manchester, a year ago today.

Education Committee – What makes a good teacher?

In the evidence session on apprenticeships and training on Wednesday, I asked Gavin and Hannah, two apprentices from Hull, what made a good teacher, and how good teaching has impacted their apprenticeships.

Having a good teacher can make all of the difference in terms of engagement and outcomes, and we need to make sure that people doing apprenticeships have access to quality teaching as part of their programme.

Education Committee – School Engagement with Local Businesses

I recently attended a Business Breakfast at Colne Valley High School, with business leaders, staff, and a qualified careers member of staff. Engagement between businesses and schools can improve the opportunities and support available to students who complete apprenticeships.

It is so important to make sure that young people have access to quality apprenticeships, and having quality careers advice and guidance in schools is key to delivering this.

Secretary of State for Health Accepts IRP Decision About HRI Downgrading Plans

This is brilliant news! It appears that Jeremy Hunt has asked local and national NHS bodies to reconsider the plans for HRI, as he acknowledges that “the proposals are not in the best interests of the people of Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield”.

It’s fantastic for the dedicated and hard-working campaigners who have the full support of Labour MPs, Jeremy Corbyn MP and Jonathan Ashworth MP.

I look forward to finding out more information about the next steps in this process.