Improving Education in Havering

I am campaigning for -

- better special educational needs provision and additional funding for post-16 education to improve young people's skills.

- improved links between businesses, schools and policymakers so that our local students can access the best opportunities.

- higher quality secondary education to match the strong performance of our primary schools.



West Ham United Foundation visits Harold Hill

This morning I brought Joe and Bryan of the West Ham United Foundation to Drapers Academy, Harold Hill, to talk about whether we could begin a partnership with local schools and roll out sports and other outreach programmes to students. 

Chancellor backs campaign to boost Havering Sixth Form funding

Our campaign to increase the per-pupil funding rate for local sixth formers received the backing of Chancellor Sajid Javid this week after a two-year push with Havering Sixth Form College to highlight the importance of post-16 education.

New Special Educational Needs places for Nelmes Primary

One of the concerns consistently raised with me by local teachers has been over special needs education (SEND) provision, the pressures that this can place upon school budgets and the speed at which SEND assessments can be undertaken.

Forest Approach wins nursery bid to boost social mobility

I was delighted to receive the news from Children's Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, today that Forest Approach Academy (formerly Dycourts) on Harold Hill has been successful in its application to the School Nurseries Capital Fund. 

Upminster Infant and Juniors Visit

This afternoon my team and I visited Upminster Infant and Junior Schools where we met executive head teacher, Miss Edgcombe. and Mr Hobson, Chief Executive of the Hornchurch Academy Trust, of which the schools became a member in September 2017.

Visit to St Joseph's Primary, Upminster

This afternoon my team and I visited St Joseph's Primary School, Upminster, where we met head teacher, Mrs Bernadette Matthews. and Rev. John Tuohy, to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing our local schools.

Visit to Harold Court Primary School

This afternoon my team and I visited Harold Court Primary School where we met head teacher, Mrs Hogan O'Neill. to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing our local schools.