Andrew is a participant in the Teach First programme, which works to ensure that all children, regardless of their family income, receive a first class education. It was founded to break the link between low family income and poor educational attainment. It does this by recruiting and training some of the country’s most able and high-achieving graduates to become effective, inspirational teachers in schools in challenging circumstances.
Part of the first group of Teach First teachers to work in Hull, Andrew has just completed his first year of teaching History at Winifred Holtby School.
Graham, a long-standing supporter of the Teach First programme, was keen to have the input of an inspirational classroom teacher, to support his work as Chairman of the Education Select Committee.
Andrew said, “I am proud to have been able to contribute to the hard work of all the staff at Winifred Holtby School, to continue to improve, and provide an educational experience that is among the best in the area. Working with Graham has been a fantastic opportunity to contribute to education at a national level, and provide an insight into how policies will have an impact in the classroom.”
Graham added, “Having Andrew’s perspective from inside the classroom has been extremely useful to my work on education. His passion and enthusiasm for teaching, and improving the life chances of students in his school, has confirmed my long held belief in the value of Teach First, and I am pleased that it is now active in the East Riding.”