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Whitehall Meeting

 

Mayor Dave Hodgson, portfolio holder for Children’s Services, Cllr David Sawyer, and Chief Executive, Philip Simpkins, joined 35 of the Borough’s Head teachers and the local MP at a meeting yesterday with Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, to press for investment in the borough’s schools.

 

In the weeks prior to the meeting with the government, the Council arranged a series of meetings with each of Bedford Borough’s school ‘clusters.’ These meetings were arranged by the Council in order to listen to the aspirations of the schools and to strengthen the shared vision for driving up standards within and across all of the Borough’s school pyramids.  Yesterday’s meeting, which was supported by the council, saw that vision presented by the Head teachers to the Secretary of State.

 

Cllr David Sawyer, Bedford Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Children’s Services, added: “The meetings we have held with representatives of each of the Borough’s school clusters have been extremely positive, proving that we have an incredibly strong basis for our joint, ongoing task of driving up standards. As a Council we are working closely with heads and governors to help achieve our shared goal of raising standards, and I hope that the conviction and unity shown in the meeting yesterday has helped enlist the Government to that cause as it comes to consider its capital funding allocations.”

 

Commenting after the meeting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “The Head teachers did Bedford Borough proud in making a powerful, passionate case for investment in our schools. It was fantastic to see the Head teachers showing the Secretary of State that there is a real, shared sense of purpose between the Borough Council and the schools to drive up standards for all children and young people. We will continue to work closely with all schools to draw in the investment from government that our schools require and that current and future generations of local children deserve.

 

Mike Berrill, Chair of Bedford Borough Learning Exchange (BBLE) said: "I was very proud to be part of this strong delegation of Head teachers, the Mayor, portfolio holder and the Chief Executive. We came together on the day and through a range of powerful presentations made a compelling case to the minister for extra capital funding for the borough. Whatever the outcome, we emerged from the meeting as a united and focussed group of professionals than we have ever been. As someone who has worked in Bedfordshire for 33 years, I thought it was an historic day for education in the town and I am sure that it will give us a renewed sense of energy and purpose in the coming months".

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