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Windsor MP welcomes government efforts to promote educational technology

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has asked the Government a Parliamentary Question on what they are doing to ensure that educational technology resources are available to schools to further the educational attainment of pupils.

It revealed that the UK government is investing in applying technology to the education system and ensuing that the UK’s skill profile matches the anticipated demand in new high tech areas such as artificial intelligence.

Windsor MP welcomes all time low unemployment in Windsor

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed unemployment statistics today showing that the British jobs miracle is continuing unabated. Despite analysts predicting a decrease in employment of 13,000, the number of people employed rose by 102,000. The value of the Pound rose to $1.42, equivalent to its value before the UK voted to leave the EU.

The same was true of Windsor, were unemployment hit a fresh low of 405, or 0.7%. Windsor, traditionally in the lowest 10% of constituencies for unemployment, is now in the lowest 3% of constituencies!

Windsor MP asks questions on social mobility in Parliament

On Monday 11th September Adam asked the Department for Education for an update on their work to improve social mobility [14:56:00 to 14:57:48]:

 

Education Questions, 11th September:

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): What steps the Government is taking to improve social mobility in disadvantaged areas.

Justine Greening (Secretary of State for Education): We are committed to supporting social mobility across the country, including in those areas that face the greatest challenges and have the fewest opportunities. At the vanguard of this approach, we are investing £72 million in 12 opportunity areas based in social mobility cold spots. We are working in these areas with local partners to improve educational attainment, to build opportunity and to broaden horizons for children and young people across early years, schools, and further and higher education.

Windsor MP welcomes expansion to mental healthcare

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed the government’s announcements that it will embark on one of the largest expansions of mental health services in Europe.

This includes recruiting 21,000 new mental health workers to properly integrate mental and physical health services and investing £1.3bn extra to treat an extra 1m people by 2021.

Windsor MP welcomes an increasing number of good and outstanding schools

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed the news from Ofsted that the number of schools graded as good or outstanding in England has reached a new record high.

In Windsor and Maidenhead the number of good or outstanding schools has increased from 47 to 53, a 13% increase on last year. This increase is greater than across the South East of England, in which the number of schools graded by Ofsted as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ has increased to 2,843, an increase of 234 schools, or 9%, compared to 2015.

Across England as a whole the number of good or outstanding schools increased from 17,256 to 18,607. This amounts to 89% of all English schools – the highest proportion ever recorded.

Every region saw an increase in the number of good or outstanding schools and only 3 local authorities saw a decrease in number. Since 2010 the number of children studying at good or outstanding schools has increased by 1.8m.

 

The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie welcomed the figures:

“These figures show that in Windsor we continue to have some of the best schools in the country– from academies like Charters, to free schools like Holyport College and Forest Bridge.

“To build a country that works for everyone I want children across the country to enjoy the opportunity to attend a school that allows them to get a solid education and exam results on which they can build a career.

“Recent Conservative education reforms to introduce competition, such as the creation of free schools, expansion of the academies programme and the modernisation of the curriculum, are raising standards across the board. But there is still more to do locally and nationally.

“I look forward to future reforms that will allow our children to achieve even greater social mobility that they can today, and that must include the flexibility to expand grammar.”

 

ENDS

Note to editors

  1. Adam Afriyie is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana.
  2. He has a strong background in science, technology and innovation.
  3. He is currently Chairman of the Fintech APPG, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and President of the Conservative Technology Forum (CTF).
  4. He was shadow Minister for Science from 2007-2010 and has a background in the information services and technology sector.
  5. Adam Afriyie has written at length on education and social mobility. To see his full record please see here and here.