Rosalita Edwards’ Nursery Sports Day

Last Friday, I was delighted to join Rosalita Edwards’ Nursery for their Summer Sports Day, at Imber Court in Thames Ditton. The weather held up for some fiercesome competition in the various events – most notably the hotly-contested grandaprents’ races. But, the whole event was conducted in the wonderful spirit that Rosalita and her team […]

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Visiting Esher High School

Today, I visited Esher High School, one of our top local secondary schools. It was a great opportunity to meet the (still relatively) new headteacher, Mike Boddington, tour the school to see the impact of the expansion (now almost complete), and of course talk to local pupils. The facilities have undergone major improvement, and there […]

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Bell Farm Primary School – on the Up!

On Friday, I dropped in on Anne Cooper, Headteacher at Bell Farm Primary School (as pictured below). Ms Cooper led the school through a tough patch, taking the school from an Ofsted rating of ‘Inadequate’ to a rating of ‘Good’ in just 18 months. Ofsted singled out the senior leadership of the school for praise. […]

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Election Issue 2: Education

The Conservatives have a strong record on education over the last 5 years. We have enacted legislation to strengthen teacher discipline in the classroom. There is a greater focus on the basics like numeracy and literacy. We have restored academic rigour to the syllabus, so children are equipped for working life once they leave school. We […]

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Conservative Party Manifesto

The Conservative Party manifesto was launched today. Key policies include: taking the minimum wage out of income tax, extending the income tax personal allowance to £12,500, raising the 40p income tax threshold to £50,000, extending the Right to Buy to social housing tenants, making the first £1million of any home exempt from Inheritance Tax, freezing regulated […]

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Grilled by Rowan Girls

With the election looming, I have had a lot of requests to talk to schools and colleges about what happens, what I actually do within the election period, and my take on the national picture. On Friday, I popped into Rowan preparatory school in Claygate, to talk to their Year 6 girls. They are an […]

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BBC School Report

Over the last week, I have been interviewed by pupils attending various different local schools, as part of the BBC School Report inititaive. It encourages budding young journalists to conduct interviews – not necessarily with MPs – and publish their films online. Today, it was the turn of Year 8 students at Hinchley Wood School, […]

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