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Chairman of the Education Select Committee welcomes changes to English Baccalaureate Certificates

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Today Graham Stuart welcomed news that the Government had listened to widespread concerns and decided not to move forward with plans to introduce English Baccalaureate Certificates (EBCs) in place of GCSEs in some subjects.

This announcement follows last week’s Education Select Committee report that found the Government had not yet made the case for abolishing GCSEs and replacing them with EBCs.  The report made it clear that a cross-party group of MPs had concerns about the proposed timetable for change and felt the Government was  trying to do too much too fast by introducing a new qualification, requiring a step-change in standards, and altering the way exams are administered all at the same time.

Graham said, “It is great news that the Government has listened to concerns about introducing a new qualification.  This is exactly the way that good public policy gets made.  The best way to have a constructive debate is for the Government to put forth a proposal, like it did on EBCs, have a rigorous discussion, and then change policy in response to the feedback received.

“Michael Gove deserves credit, not criticism, for being willing to listen and develop an educational legacy that can last.  If the previous Government had been willing to do this we could have avoided the issues we had around the Diploma.

“Today’s announcement is an example of the increasing importance and influence Select Committees can have on policy development.  The Secretary of State has listened to the Education Select Committee’s views and I am pleased to see that he will be consulting with the field on the best way to improve accountability in secondary schools as well.”


Schools Minister pressed to give East Riding schools fairer funding

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Graham Stuart MP’s campaign to provide a fairer deal for East Riding schools took another step forward last week when he met with Schools Minister David Laws. He told the Minister that the delivery of education in a sparsely populated rural area with many small primary and secondary schools was necessarily more expensive than in a compact urban setting. He told the Minister that there could be no justification for the position of the East Riding of Yorkshire as one of the lowest funded in the country.

The Minister confirmed to Graham that the Government was committed to a national funding formula which would better reflect the needs of pupils in every area and so improve the fairness of the allocations. He told Graham, however, that this would not be introduced until the next Parliament and would take time after that to come fully into effect so as to minimise disruption to those areas whose allocations would be reduced.


Graham Stuart to host Skills Minister in Beverley this Friday

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Local MP Graham Stuart will be hosting the Department for Education’s Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, in Beverley on Friday 11th January.

During the visit to East Yorkshire Graham will be showing the Minister the great work that is being done locally to help prepare young people for success in today’s increasingly complex labour market.

During the day they plan to visit both East Riding College and the Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA).

Graham said, “Now more than ever it is important that we do all we can to prepare our young people for success in the future.  There are many different pathways to a good career and we must make sure that each student has the skills they need.

“The Government has done a lot of good things to support economic growth and get more young people into work such has expanding apprenticeships, establishing University Technical Colleges and studio schools, and promoting more work experience placements.

“These are just some of the reasons we are seeing the highest numbers in employment in our history. In Beverley and Holderness we have unemployment of 4.1%, well below the national average and far less than in the United States or Europe.

“This is all good news, but there is much more to be done and we can’t be complacent. That is why I will continue to do all I can to press the Government to do more to understand and champion rural areas like ours so that we can create more jobs and eradicate the deficit left behind by Labour.”


Education Secretary told,”Let’s build better schools in Beverley and Holderness.”

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Riston CofE Primary SchoolFollowing an invitation from the MP for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart, the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, will visit Beverley tomorrow, Friday 2nd November.  He will meet with Graham and Council leader, Steve Parnaby, to discuss how to accelerate school building improvements in the East Riding.

The issue of how to build and maintain schools cost effectively is critical when government budgets are so tight and following the disaster of Labour’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, which was found to have wasted vast sums on a small number of schools while leaving the wider school estate dilapidated and in disrepair. The East Riding of Yorkshire was given nothing by BSF and now has a serious backlog estimated by the Council at more than £400 million.

Graham said, “We will be able to tell the Secretary of State about the practical, can-do attitude we have in the East Riding and our commitment to delivering value for money, low cost solutions to capital spending in schools.

“The Council has proposals that would allow early work to start on improving our schools, at reasonable cost and to the benefit of local children and their education. Steve and I will be pressing the Secretary of State to hear our pleas, release funding and let us show what we can do when the East Riding is given the chance.


Graham Stuart welcomes Hull teacher to Parliament

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, and Chairman of the Education Select Committee, has welcomed Andrew Nichols, a teacher from East Hull to work in his office during the summer.

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.


Minister horses around in East Riding of Yorkshire

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, welcomed Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning Minister John Hayes to the East Riding of Yorkshire to see how local colleges are improving education and training for young people.

The Minister visited both Bishop Burton College and Hull College, meeting staff and students as well as touring their state of the art facilities.  He was also able to meet young apprentices at Molineux Competition and Livery Yard in Driffield where they undertake horse handling as part of their Level 2 Diploma Equine.

Following the visit arranged by Graham, Mr Hayes said; “In my job, I make all kinds of decisions about future education and skills and it is really important for us to come to colleges to see what is happening outside Westminster to meet the people who teach and learn.”

Graham added “By bringing the Minister for Further Education to the area he was able to see the particular issues that we face locally. We want every student to have a wide-range of available opportunities to improve their education and help them go on to get a well paid job.

“The Minister was very impressed with all of the sites that he visited, and the colleges did a good job of emphasising the importance of policies being developed with both rural and urban students in mind”


Graham Stuart supports national celebration of vocational qualifications

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Graham Stuart, the MP for Beverley and Holderness, is lending his support to the fifth annual VQ Day – a celebration of the millions of people gaining vocational qualifications across the country every year – and encouraging local colleges, schools, businesses and learning providers to get involved.

VQ Day 2012 will be held on Wednesday 20th June to recognise the value of vocational qualifications and celebrate vocational achievement. The day will be marked by events held at colleges, schools, businesses and learning providers across the UK, including award ceremonies and open days. National events will also be held in London, Northern Ireland and Wales.


Local MP marks a century of boys and girls at Leven Primary School by officially opening improvement works

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Graham Stuart, the MP for Beverley and Holderness, visited Leven Primary School on Friday 20th April to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the boys and girls schools merging on the site. He inspected and then opened the new and improved facilities, met teachers and pupils and celebrated the school’s continuing role in local life.

The school have recently made a large number of alterations to their site, including relocating the entrance and building new fencing.

To celebrate a century of boys and girls coming together in the same school, pupils took part in an ‘Edwardian’ themed day to learn what life would have been like in 1912. This saw them dressing up in period costumes and taking part in activities that ranged from woodwork to flower arranging and circus skills to brass band music.


Local MP encourages young people to take part in National Citizen Service

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, is encouraging year 11 pupils to sign up for National Citizen Service this summer.

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a seven week programme held over the summer holiday for year 11 pupils, culminating in a graduation ceremony where participants receive a nationally recognised certificate. The NCS helps young people to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to get more engaged with their communities and become active and responsible citizens.

Thirty places are available in the East Riding of Yorkshire for this summer’s programme. Young people can get more information on how to apply from their schools or online at http://nationalcitizenservice.direct.gov.uk/.


MP presents award to local winner of Royal Mail Young Letter Writing competition

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, attended Hornsea Community Primary School last week to present Emily Sugden (aged 10); winner of the North East heat in Royal Mail’s Young Letter Writer competition, with her award.

During a special school assembly, Graham presented Emily with her certificate, a £100 postal order and a selection of Royal Mail stamps and stationery.

The annual competition is now in its 36th year, and aims to recognise the nation’s best young writers and encourage children to be creative through letter writing.