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Windsor MP welcomes “massive” improvement in state schools

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.

“Despite the progress, we must not rest of our laurels or lose momentum because private schools make up 75% of the school on the Good Schools Guide. I want us to look beyond secondary schools to further education and increase the awareness and esteem of non-university higher education streams such as apprenticeships and other professional and vocational qualifications.

“Just a few weeks ago I chaired a Westminster Education Forum event on social mobility. One of the headteachers who spoke at the event told us how the school she heads in one of the poorest areas of the south of England was transformed by receiving Academy status and went on to win the National Pupil Premium Award for being the most improved school in the country in 2015.

“Conservatives have made good progress in Government and there is a real prospect that levels of social mobility will improve in the years to come.”

 

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. To read the article on care homes referenced in the above press release please see here.
  3. 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).
Windsor MP welcomes Government plans to reform children’s services

Windsor MP welcomes Government plans to reform children’s services

The Windsor MP welcomes the Government’s new program to improve children’s services and to protect the most vulnerable in society from abuse or neglect.

Under this new program, if an Ofsted inspection finds a local authority’s children’s services to be falling behind they will be given six months to improve.

If they have not improved after six months emergency measures will be put in place and the council’s powers will be stripped and their children’s services taken over by charities or high-performing councils until they are fit for purpose.

Adam Afriyie has spoken at length about failures in the care system and has heavily supported Government efforts to prioritise spending on social mobility in these tough economic times.

 

Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP, commented:

“I am delighted that even during times of tough spending decisions the Government has chosen to prioritise caring for children and social mobility.

“It is a national tragedy that despite the best efforts of selfless care workers our creaking care system allows too many children to fall through the gaps.

“For those of us from less privileged backgrounds it is quite clear that improving the life chances of vulnerable children must be a priority

“I welcome these announcements and would urge the Government to go further still and keep an open mind to enrolling more children at the cusp of care into weekday boarding school which would not only improve their life chances but also, perhaps surprisingly, cost less than keeping them in a children’s home.”

 

Note to editors

  1. Adam Afriyie has written at length on social mobility in the past. To read the article referenced in the above press release please see here.
Growing number of apprenticeships

Windsor MP welcomes growing number of apprenticeships in Windsor

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

“Given the extra £10 billion allocated to education in the Autumn Statement we can expect these numbers to grow in the future.”

 

Conservatives are social reformers

As a long-standing advocate of social mobility I was cheered by the message at this years’ conference.

The Prime Minister laid out the moral mission for Conservatives over the next Parliament in his keynote address.

The message was clear and unequivocal: if you want something done about the challenges facing society, then the Conservatives are the only party for you.

As Conservatives, we are determined to tackle the complex social and economic issues of our time. Whether it’s housing, prisons, family stability, the care system or social mobility, we need to get to work, even if other politicians and political parties are reluctant to express their views through fear of being exposed as out of kilter with the sentiments of modern Britain.

The Conservative party has a proud heritage of social reformers from Disraeli’s “One Nation” conservatism to Macmillan’s housebuilding and Thatcher’s reshaping of the economy. We have a strong tradition of reforming and strengthening society. It should be no different today.http://adamafriyie.org/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif

Prison doesn’t rehabilitate well enough. The care system does not, as I have long argued, look after children well enough. The housing market seems unaffordable for aspiring homeowners and hardworking young people often can’t get an early foothold on the career ladder despite their education.

Over the coming months, it will be important to set out how these reforms will work in practice. And the proof will undoubtedly be in the pudding.

But one thing is for sure, Labour has vacated the moderate politics of social justice to engage in catastrophic, destructive politics that have failed time and time again not just in the UK, but around the world from Venezuela to the USSR. They’ve learned nothing. Whether it’s housing, benefits or the care system, their answer is always to throw more money at it than the country earns and to breed state dependency.

The time has come to prove once and for all that only the Conservatives can provide the strong economy and secure country that we need to take on the injustices of society. Whether it is removing the obstacles to opportunity, raising wages, ending discrimination or extremism, the Conservatives will take on the big issues and continue to build a healthy and prosperous society.

It is a big ask but it will be worth it for the millions of hardworking people, young and old, who want to feel they are being dealt a better hand than in the past.

Better pay for women – not gesture politics

What drove me into politics was a determination to see people treated fairly in the workplace irrespective of their gender, heritage, background or disabilities.

A job is perhaps the best stake in society that one can have. A diverse mix of people in the workplace does more to break down social stigma, disharmony and unfair discrimination as employers and employees recognise that, fundamentally, everyone shares the same hopes and aspirations.