The Conservative Government is in complete disarray with its ill-thought out plans to force all schools to become academies. The £1.3 billion it'll cost would be better spent in my view directly on children in schools like those I visited this week.
At Foxhills I was interviewed by Lewis and Rebecca as part of the school's student voice. If they were impressive the children at Leys Farm Junior School were amazing. They are doing some excellent work as buddies with their School Council. And the governors I met reminded me of how valuable parent governors are - which made me further question the Conservatives desire to take away the right of parents to serve on their child's governing body.
I also visited Walton Girl's School in Grantham where they are studying the steel industry in Scunthorpe for their GCSE Geography. I hope they enjoy their field trip to our beautiful 'Industrial Garden Town' this coming week! It's clear young people are achieving across our area. But there is a problem in Yorkshire and the Humber - I responded to the debate on educational attainment across the region pointing out the need for the government to do more to support our schools instead of wasting money on their own pet projects.
It was good to join campaigners for Pancreatic Cancer Action who were both fundraising and awareness raising in Brigg marketplace. I'd managed to sit down this week with the All Party Parliamentary Group on pancreatic cancer secretariat to start thinking through what we might do this year.
It's good to connect up what's going on locally with what's going on in Westminster! The enjoyable Kirton-in-Lindsey Mayor's Charity Dinner raised money for local charities - the Forge and Scunthorpe Samaritans. The Lincolnshire Iron and Steel Institute Dinner was an opportunity for the President to reflect on a challenging year for the steel industry. It also raised significant funds for both Lindsey Lodge and Save the Children.
And I was delighted to drop in to Age UK to be updated on their most recent success in securing another 5 years lottery funding for the over 60s financial advice and guidance service they provide. They are also launching an exciting Men in Sheds project this week!
Another group that does a lot of good work locally is the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community who've got involved in a range of projects including 'clean for the Queen'. I was pleased to meet with the community and learn more about their work.