Every parent wants their child to have the best start in life

Every parent wants their child to have the best start in life. They don’t want them to go to a failing school, or one that’s coasting.

We are lucky in Wiltshire that we have some fantastic schools, I have been lucky to visit many of them, but no parent wants their kids to leave primary school unable to read, write or add up. I want to help tackle illiteracy and innumeracy as I believe that getting English and Maths right is the core of our education system.

Teachers do an amazing job and I admire anyone who goes into teaching. Working together with our incredible teachers, there is now a more rigorous curriculum, and a refusal to tolerate failure.  Standards in schools are rising – a million more children are now being taught in schools ranked ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

But there is still more to do. I know how hard our teachers are working and I want the government to help reduce teacher workloads, allowing them more time to spend in the classroom. The teachers I speak with work late into the night marking books, planning lessons, preparing for inspections that may or may not come. The number of teachers who are leaving the profession due to excessive workload is too high. That should not happen.

I don’t want our local children taught by someone too tired, too stressed and too anxious to do the job well and I’m encouraging the Government to work with teachers’ unions and representatives to discuss problems with workload.

Let me know how you think we can help reduce teacher workload on michelle.donelan.mp@parliament.uk