On Friday 13th July Headteachers and pupils from across West Lancashire met with Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg at a roundtable event hosted by local MP Rosie Cooper at Ormskirk School.
MP Rosie said: “I was delighted to welcome Stephen to West Lancashire today. Having visited Schools across West Lancashire and spoken to headteachers it is clear there are serious issues, concerns and challenges facing our local schools. It was an opportunity for both Stephen and me to hear from teachers who are on the frontline, responsible for delivering education. Today’s young people are not just competing for jobs in their local area or in Britain, there is now global competition. The quality of their education will determine if they have the skills, knowledge and ability to compete. We can’t afford to fail them.”
Shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg MP, who has previously served as an education minister between 2002 and 2005 said: “The landscape of education is changing and it is important now to identify and highlight the things that need to change. This is why these types of discussion are particularly important. Pupils need to be engaged with their own education, and it is vital that we do not go in the wrong direction. I want to thank the teachers for discussion and ideas with me.”
Ormskirk School Headteacher, John Doyle of Ormskirk School, commented:
“It was a pleasure to host Stephen Twigg and fellow heads and students at Ormskirk School today. We welcomed the opportunity to inform Stephen of our concerns with the curriculum, with school organisation and with school inspection and enjoyed the positive dialogue that resulted. We very much hope that Stephen bears our concerns in mind in his formulation of his party’s education policy over the next two or three years and thank Rosie for giving us the opportunity to raise our concerns directly.”
Following the meeting with the headteachers, two pupils from each of the local secondary schools were selected to represent their fellow pupils. The discussion covered many issues including resitting exams, university tuition fees, and future jobs amongst many others.
MP Rosie said:
“It is clear from listening to these young people how highly they value their education and understand the importance of having the skills and qualifications to give them a good start ahead of university and their future careers. The pupils’ challenge to us the politicians, is how education can best meet their needs and support them to achieve their ambitions?”