Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson is delighted that Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools has responded to his request to visit Peterborough. Mr Jackson held an adjournment debate in the Commons in February this year on the Pupil Premium and Pupils with English as an Addition Language. He specifically raised his concerns about the challenges faced by the education services in Peterborough especially by the increased number of students with English as an additional language.
31% of primary school pupils in Peterborough do not have English as their first language.
Since the debate Mr Jackson has raised additional concerns with Ministers and liaised closely with the Department of Education and also the City Council to try and facilitate a visit.
The Minister of State for Schools will be visiting Fulbridge Primary School with Mr Jackson and Cabinet Member for Schools, Cllr John Holdich and others on Monday 19th September 2011.
Stewart Jackson said:
“I am very pleased that the Minister agreed to my request to visit Peterborough. I think it is extremely important that he sees the real issues for education in my constituency and the pressures the LEA are under.
This is a real opportunity for the City Council and other education professionals to share their concerns and experiences with the Minister. I look forward to welcoming him to the city later this month.”