Schools Minister visits West Berks

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Last week, Head Teachers from all West Berkshire schools were invited by Judith Bunting to meet David Laws, Minister of State for Schools when he came to visit John O’Gaunt School in Hungerford.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for school Heads to share their ideas and discuss the burning questions of the day with our Minister of State for Schools.” Judith said: “I am delighted David accepted our invitation to visit West Berkshire.”

David Laws MP commented: “In government Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society. We are taking action to make sure that every child can reach their full potential, whatever their background.”

Despite Lib Dem action, in 2012/2013 74% of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in West Berkshire still failed to achieve 5 good GCSEs. This was on the agenda for today’s meeting along with:

  • How to tackle the falling standards in West Berks schools.
  • How Heads are working to reverse the decline of GCSE results seen across the district in recent years.
  • How to make the most of funding available for small village schools.

Judith Bunting added: “The Conservative Council and MP for our area have consistently failed to take action to push up standards in West Berkshire schools, so we have gone directly to the Schools Minister and local Heads. These are the people who can ensure every child gets a fair start in life.”


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