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Penn School – update from Bucks County Council

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This morning, I have had confirmation from Bucks County Council it is actively working with parents to find places at new schools for current Penn School students. The Council has been in touch with the special education needs and disability team at the Department for Education and the Department has endorsed the actions the Council is taking. Fifteen children from Bucks are affected by the closure, eight of whom live in the Wycombe constituency. A number have already been found new places […]

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Further Penn School update

I have recently been in contact with the County Council Cabinet Member for Education & Skills, Councillor Zahir Mohammed, and the office of the Secretary of State for Education to see what might be done for Penn School. Councillor Zahir has been working closely with officials, meeting parents on Monday. I have also pored over the School’s inspection reports. I know the situation is causing substantial anxiety and it is clear why. At the inspection of 8-9 May 2013, the school […]

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Penn School update

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Penn School is an independent school in Wycombe constituency which specialises in the education of young people with communication difficulties associated with speech, language, hearing impairment and autistic spectrum conditions. The School has been placed into administration. The situation is thoroughly unsatisfactory for all involved. Parents in particular are bound to be highly anxious about the future. The School was established in 2001, after the previous owners decided to reorganise its special education provision.  The property and other financial assets were invested in the […]

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The best start in life – Conservatives: securing a better future

Tonight is the John Hampden Grammar School Question Time which kicks off the election campaign in Wycombe. More here. In preparation for the event, I’m publishing a series of videos which set out how Conservatives are securing a better future for our country.

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Contributions in the Commons since Christmas

Via Hansard by MP, my contributions since Christmas in the Commons chamber over a range of subjects: 13 January 2015 Charter for Budget Responsibility Grammar School Funding [Westminster Hall] Topical Questions (Health – urgent care) 12 January 2015 Topical Questions (Defence – nuclear deterrent) 5 January 2015 Regionalising Police Forces Contributions in the Treasury Select Committee are available separately. On health, a helpful direction of travel is emerging which I indicated in my topical question: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): As it […]

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Fairer funding for schools announced

The Government has announced that schools in some of the least fairly funded local areas in the country will benefit from a £390 million cash boost in the biggest step towards fairer schools funding in a decade. The schools budget in Buckinghamshire will increase by £18m. Schools in Wycombe should see their per pupil funding increase by £264. There has long been an unfairness in the funding system which meant that local schools were not receiving the funding they deserved. This […]

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Cressex Community School Ofsted Report

At the beginning of July, Cressex Community School underwent an Ofsted inspection. The School was previously graded as ‘requiring improvement’ in October 2012, so I am delighted that the result was ‘good’. The report states that “the improvement in students’ achievement is a direct result of the school’s drive to improve learning and teaching. Teaching is good and improving. Teachers have high expectations and are ambitious for students’ achievement.” I want to congratulate all at Cressex Community School for this […]

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Bucks County Council release report into bridging the educational attainment gap

A number of recommendations have been made by a Buckingham County Council select committee to help narrow the achievement gap for disadvantaged children. The Education, Skills and Children’s Services Select Committee, have produced a report after reviewing what is being done across Buckinghamshire to help narrow the gap in attainment between disadvantaged children and their peers. Their report and recommendations will be discussed at the Council’s Cabinet on 24 March. Although Buckinghamshire has some of the best schools in the country […]

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Conservative plans for additional school places

The Government has announced an extra £2.35 billion to create more school places. This is in addition to the £5 billion that is already being spent in this Parliament. This means that between 2014 and 2017 schools in Buckinghamshire will receive £16.2m. It is the first time that councils have had 3-year allocations of funding to spend on school places, so Bucks County Council can plan ahead and ensure every child has a school place. This Government has already created […]

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Educational Co-operative services available locally in Bucks

After the debate on Co-operatives in Education that I called last month, I have been made aware of Resolute Education Co-operative Ltd (RECOOP). It provides four key services for schools: Emergency cover when a teacher is absent Cover for planned teacher absences Placement of Instructors Recruitment of full time teachers and instructors RECOOP offers low fees and savings for many schools in the region of thousands of pounds, while teaching members receive equitable pay for their services. It is a […]

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