111125_AshleySchool_photoI have fought hard for fairer funding for local schools from the government – and it has paid off. Schools across Surrey were awarded an extra £212 per child in ‘per pupil’ funding, and our schools’ basic capital funding was doubled to £24million – investing in our young people’s futures.

Locally, I regularly meet with Surrey County Council and schools to review pressures on local school places. Improved planning, catchment area changes (which, overall, substantially benefit Elmbridge families), the expansion of new schools (from Burhill Primary to Rydens Enterprise School) and the new Free Schools in Cobham will help to ease local pressures.

Both locally and nationwide, I believe we need to do more to boost social mobility. In 2014, I published The Meritocrat’s Manifesto, making the case for the Conservative school reform agenda as well as broadening vocational options for bright – but not necessarily bookish – children.