This week, I am spending the week at Benson Primary School in Shirley to hear first-hand the challenges facing teachers and learn what impact Government policies are having.
In the run-up to the General Election, I promised that with Parliament having such long breaks, I would spend several weeks a year work-shadowing in local public services, businesses and charities. I have already spent a week over the summer at Mayday Hospital and this week I am spending time in another key public service.
With three young boys, two currently of school age, and having served as Chairman of the Governors at Trinity School of John Whitgift for the past four years, I have a passionate interest in education. My maiden speech in the House of Commons was on the subject and I spoke several times in the debates on what is now the Academies Act 2010.
I’m really looking forward to going back to school in the part of the borough where I was brought up. I think it’s really important for MPs to keep in touch with what’s going on in their constituency.
Education is particularly important because it is the key to raising aspiration and breaking the divide between the richest and poorest in our society. I’m interested to hear what teachers in one of our local primary schools believe the Government should be focusing on.