I strongly believe that good quality education is essential for improving social mobility, that is why I am so proud of the work our local schools do for the young people of Morley and the surrounding areas.
I am a big supporter of social mobility, as the daughter of a lorry driver who started their working life aged 16 in Greggs and now has the privilege of representing our area in Parliament, I know how much of a force for good that can be.
I want my son, now aged 2, to grow up in a Britain where no matter your background or your situation, through hard work and ability you can achieve your dreams. Good quality education is essential to this vision.
Last week, I visited Woodkirk Academy and Elliott Hudson College with the Minister of State for School Standards Nick Gibb MP. I was pleased to be able to show the Minister these fantastic schools, which, in addition to others, make our local area competitive at a national level.
Following our visit, I held an education round table with local stakeholders from businesses and the education sector, including many local head teachers. This meeting was held through the Morley and Outwood Business Association, an organisation I set up to help ensure Government ministers came and listened to the views of local stakeholders from right here in our area.
It was great to hear from a range of local people during a fascinating and honest Questions and Answers session with the Minister. We all want to ensure the Government are doing all they can to support schools in their mission to develop young people to be the best they can be, so that the students of our local area can achieve all of their dreams.
Recently, I also reached out to schools across our local area regarding an important anti-bullying training opportunity run by a youth charity, The Diana Award. This programme helps to equip young people, staff, and parents with the knowledge, confidence and skills to effectively tackle bullying in schools both in the classrooms and online.
Alongside supporting local schools, more help for mental health is a key part of my plan for our local area. I urge schools to get involved to help keep our young people safe to lead happy lives and develop into young adults who are ready for the world of work.
As the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Education, I took part in an Education Forum Seminar focusing on improving school standards, inspections and leadership in Multi-Academy Trusts. I believe we must look at new ways of improving the education system so that it produces well rounded, resilient and driven young adults who are well equipped to achieve their goals.
I am passionate about education and supporting our local schools to provide the best results for our young people. I look forward to working with our fantastic local educational institutions going forward.
As always, if anyone ever has any issues that they feel I could be of assistance with, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will always do my upmost to assist: Andrea.Jenkyns.MP@Parliament.UK