A new report released by the Good Schools Guide has revealed that the performance of state schools has increased “massively” over the last three decades.
The proportion of state schools in the top 1,200 list has increased from 48 in 1986 to 300 in 2016 – a sixfold increase in thirty years.
Lord Lucas, who edits the advisory guide, has said that he expects many independent schools to either turn into government free schools or close altogether due to the strong quality of local state schools.
The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie welcomed the figures:
“As someone who got into politics in the first place to improve social mobility this is simply fantastic news. Improving state schools is the silver bullet to solving the issue of social mobility in this country.
“It confirms that free schools are helping to lift standards across the spectrum.
A new poll by the Edelman Trust shows a solid vote of confidence in this Conservative government and a recognition of how divided left-leaning Labour has become.
Just 18% trust Jeremy Corbyn to do what is right, compared to 33% who felt the same way about Miliband in 2014. Moreover, 40% of the public trust David Cameron to do the right thing, up from 33% in 2014.
This builds on a YouGov poll from just before the New Year that showed that people recognise that the Conservatives are the only party that can be trusted with the economy. 41% said that they trusted the Conservative Party the most to handle the economy, with Labour on a distant 18%. This 23% lead is higher than any lead we had in the last Parliament. Even in Scotland the Conservative Party are recognised as being the best party to handle the economy. Let’s hope that this translates into votes at the Holyrood elections later this year.
These figures are an encouraging sign that people are recognising the good work that Conservatives are doing in cutting Labour’s overspending, reducing the deficit, lowering unemployment and reforming welfare and education. Given the fantastic employment figures that we have seen in the past few years it’s also unsurprising that the same poll shows that the Conservatives are recognised as being the best party to deal with unemployment.
The poll also shows that the public sees Labour as swinging hard to the left. David Cameron is perceived as a moderate, centre-right politician, whereas Corbyn is registered as being nearly twice as far from the political centre, or indeed the Labour Party!
Irrespective of public perceptions, there remains more work to be done in government. So let’s continue the important work of mending the economy to reward this trust and show that only the Conservatives can deliver strong growth, a budget surplus and excellent public services.
Today, the Windsor MP has welcomed the Government’s steps to grow apprenticeships, following a Parliamentary Question to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The number of apprenticeships in England are expected to grow by over 10%, from 64,000 in 2013/14 to almost 73,000 in 2014/15.
In the Windsor constituency 60 apprenticeships are being provided this year in Engineering and Manufacturing technologies and 30 apprenticeships in ICT.
Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP, commented:
“Every apprenticeship is another individual provided with the tools to find a decent job, earn a living and participate in Britain’s increasingly optimistic economic future.
“It is good to see the growing number of apprenticeships in the technology sector, as this will be an area of increasing importance in the coming decades.
“Technology provides a vital boost to social mobility and I am glad that the Government is showing that the Conservatives are the party of social mobility in Britain.
Today Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP for the past decade, has welcomed the Chancellor’s 2015 Budget, which has set out how the Government will eliminate the deficit and boost economic growth and employment.
The measures included a lower tax for the lower paid, a commitment to the NATO defence spending target of 2%, continuation of welfare reforms and objectives to achieve 3 million new apprenticeships and full employment by 2020.
Mr Afriyie, commented after watching the Budget:
“This Budget takes people out of state dependency and lets working people keep more of the money they earn.
“The Labour Party bred state dependency in their time in office through the use of tax credits. It was a dreadful system that meant middle and higher income families were supplicants to the state for handouts. In effect the state took your money in taxes, then repaid some of it back to you in tax credits for which you were meant to be grateful.
“This Budget begins to unpick unhealthy state dependency and allows people to re-gain control of their lives and spending choices.
The Chancellor, George Osborne has announced his 2015 budget, outlining the economic landscape and his plans for the country.
In the Budget, Mr Osborne explained that the UK had grown the fastest of all the major advanced economies in the world, had the best employment figures in British history and had seen an improvement in living standards by an average of £900 for each household since 2010.
The Chancellor announced plans including a freeze of fuel duty, an increase in the income tax threshold for the lowest earners and investment in scientific research and developments.
Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP, welcomed the Budget saying:
“On the same day that we see the number of people in Windsor on out-of-work benefits at an all-time low, it’s encouraging that the national economy is set to grow even more.
“The Conservatives sensible economic management has helped to create 2 million jobs in the private sector and drive down unemployment by 40% since 2010, and left us as the fastest-growing major economy in the world.