MP for Windsor
Working Hard For You
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.
Lifting the Grammar School Ban is a Boost for Social Mobility

From Disraeli’s ‘One Nation’ Conservatism in the 19th century through to Harold Macmillan’s post-war housebuilding programme and Margaret Thatcher’s revival of the economy in the 20th century, the Conservative Party has a strong tradition of enabling social mobility.

People might say that I came from a classically disadvantaged background, like so many others, having been brought up by my mother in social housing in South London. Yet I was one of the few fortunate enough to get a good education and make my way in life. This should not be a one-off story; it should be commonplace. The circumstances of a child’s birth should not determine where they end up in life.

Windsor MP welcomes National Apprenticeships Week

The MP for Windsor welcomes the National Apprenticeships Week, designed to promote apprenticeships and celebrate the positive impact that they have on both the economy and on social mobility.

The number of apprenticeships doubled over the course of the last Parliament and the Conservative Manifesto promised 3 million more high quality apprenticeships by 2020, a task already underway and predicted to accelerate once the Apprenticeships Levy comes into force.

348,300 apprenticeships have been created since May 2010 in the South East alone and in the constituency of Windsor 2,760 people have benefited from apprenticeships schemes.

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

“It’s great that so many people are recognising the benefits of apprenticeships and transforming their life chances.

“It’s also good to see the back of Labour’s foolish focus on universities to the exclusion of all other education streams is over and that the vocational route is beginning to enjoy equal esteem.

“2,760 people in Windsor constituency have benefitted from apprenticeships since 2010 and have equipped themselves with the tools they need to find a job, earn a living and contribute to Britain’s economic future. A Parliamentary Question I asked last year showed that this included a number in Engineering, Manufacturing and ICT.

“As someone who got into politics in the first place driven by the issue of social mobility I have taken a particular interest in ways in which apprenticeships can help someone’s life chances. Only last week I attended a lunch with Lord Baker and the Edge Foundation to discuss the need for careers talks to highlight the benefits of apprenticeships and University Technical Colleges.

“I would encourage all students to consider an apprenticeship particularly if they aren’t that keen on university at 18.”

ENDS

Note to editors

  1. Adam Afriyie has written at length on education and social mobility. To see his full record please see here and here.
  2. Adam Afriyie has a strong background and interest in science, technology and innovation due to his entrepreneurial background in the IT sector and a variety of posts he has held and/or currently holds, including Shadow Minister for Science, Chairman of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and President of the Conservative Technology Forum (CTF).