Presenting Hardenhuish School with the International Schools Award

I was delighted to present Hardenhuish School with the International Schools Award. Since gaining accreditation of the Award in 2013, the school has sustained strong links with schools in Bangladesh and The Netherlands. They have a strong focus on linking international activities to the curriculum and ensuring that global themes are embedded across the school….

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Asking the Prime Minister about fairer funding for Wiltshire schools

Today in Prime Minister’s Questions I asked the Prime Minister to reaffirm her commitment for fairer funding to Wiltshire schools – something I have been campaigning on for years. I also asked for a review of pupil premium to include other forms of key disadvantages, such as being a young carer, mental health problems and…

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Busy Friday school visits

As part of my busy Friday schedule I visited St Mary’s Broughton Gifford Primary School, The Manor Primary in Melksham and St Paul’s Primary School in Chippenham. I talked to pupils about my role as an MP in Parliament and answered a vary interesting and diverse of questions plus listened to what they want for…

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Rail Minister visits Chippenham constituency to hear about Michelle Donelan’s local campaigns

Wiltshire is steeped in rail history; from the founding of the historic Westinghouse Railway Company, to Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s iconic Western Arches railway viaduct in Chippenham and famous Box Tunnel. Rail is vital to our county, not just for our travel, but the thousands of engineering and manufacturing jobs that rely on the industry’s supply…

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Transforming Wiltshire College

I have been strongly supporting a funding application from Wiltshire College to transform Chippenham’s Lackham campus. It was great, therefore, to see the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, visit Chippenham last week to announce that Wiltshire College has indeed secured more than £20 million funding as part of an overall…

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Calling for action on young people left behind in the education system

More needs to be done to tackle different rates of progress between disadvantaged young people and their peers in the education system, according to a new report by Nacro, launched in Parliament on 12 September. The report has gained support from a cross-party group in Parliament, chaired by Michelle Donelan MP. In it, Nacro highlights…

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Meeting with Wiltshire College

I recently met with Amanda Burnside, Head of Wiltshire College. We meet regularly to discuss the College’s work and how I can support them including the LEP growth deal to enhance Lackham campus. We also discussed their participation in the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering. For information on the college visit http://www.wiltshire.ac.uk/

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