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Future of Penn School Site


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This evening, I’ll be joining Penn and Tylers Green Residents Society for their AGM so I am posting below what we know about the future of the Penn School site. The Department for Education have confirmed that the site has been purchased by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to be used to establish a free school. The EFA purchases sites for future free schools where it represents value for money and there is a need for school places in the area. Secondary schools in Wycombe are forecast […]

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Academies enhance self-government: why not go co-operative?


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I am grateful to everyone who wrote to me over the Government’s potential plans to complete the process of turning all schools into academies by, at the end, forcing schools which do not choose for themselves to convert. Academies are one of the few things Labour got right, blazing the trail for high educational attainment since they were established in 2002. Claims made by those on the left that academisation means privatization are bizarre: these remain state schools. Since 2010, there […]

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National Apprenticeship Week


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This week is National Apprenticeship Week, a week in which to appreciate the benefits apprenticeships can bring to employers and apprentices alike. The Government is committed to achieving three million high quality apprenticeship starts by 2020, increasing opportunities for young people and helping to abolish long-term youth unemployment. There were 19,800 starts on Higher Apprenticeships in 2014/15, an increase of 115% on the previous year. Apprenticeships enable people to accelerate their careers with higher apprentices earning, on average, £150,000 more […]

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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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