Nic Dakin

Standing up for Local People

My diary for w/e 11th September

grammar.jpgWell parliament was back in full swing last week with the Prime Minister insisting that Brexit means Brexit whatever that means!!!  And as the Conservative Party continues to adopt UKIP policies she announced plans to extend Grammar Schools. 

I pointed out that, to her credit, Margaret Thatcher scrapped selection at 11 in more parts of the country than any other Education Secretary and presided over the biggest growth in comprehensive education.  With North Lincolnshire now celebrating record GCSE results this year, with 64% of students achieving 5 A* - Cs including Maths and English, this is evidence that our comprehensive education system is delivering as well as it ever has. 

To bring back selection at 11 with secondary modern schools for those who fail would be a leap back in time to the bad old days. 

I enjoyed a great morning at St Lawrence Academy which reminded me just how fantastic those who work in education locally are and what a great job they do for the wonderful young people they work with.  The real challenges are how to give those young people the resilience and strength to respond positively to the modern world. 

I led a debate in Westminster on mindfulness in schools, just one way in which young people can learn skills that help develop greater resilience and perhaps prevent some of the growth in mental health issues in the young. 

I was also able to raise a couple of other local issues with ministers.  Although access to broadband is generally good in our area there are some pockets of very real difficulty.  Indeed a large number of people have been writing to me about their concerns!  And for those people not getting the superfast broadband they rightly expect it is making it much more difficult for them to develop their businesses or go about their daily lives.  So I have been putting pressure on BT Broadband and the Government to up their game. 

Lindsey Lodge does a fantastic job for local people so I was very happy to raise their concerns about how the Office of the Fundraising Regulator is being set up. 

Finally I was delighted to see another goal bonanza at Glanford Park as Scunthorpe demolished Southend 4.0 on Saturday.

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