Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


05 SEP 2018

Early Education

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the quality of early education and the early year's workforce.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Department of Education is reassuring:

High quality early education is vital and it is especially important for improving the life chances for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. A good early year's education is the cornerstone of improving social mobility.
In the Early Years Workforce Strategy, the Department for Education committed to undertake a feasibility study into developing a programme to grow the graduate workforce in disadvantaged areas. The aim being to narrow the quality gap between settings in disadvantaged and more affluent areas.
Encouragingly, the quality of early education continues to improve. Ofsted data shows that the proportion of good and outstanding providers is now almost identical in the least deprived areas compared with the most deprived. Similarly, evidence tells us that children in disadvantaged areas are now just as likely to be able to access high quality education as children in more affluent areas. The attainment gap in early year's development has fallen by 14 per cent since 2010.
Recruiting graduates into the early year's workforce remains very challenging, despite successive governments making significant investments in this area. It is therefore important that complementary approaches to improving the skills of the workforce are explored. Significant investment will be made in professional development for the early year's workforce. The Education Secretary has announced £20 million of funding for professional development across the wider workforce, focused on disadvantaged areas. This will ensure early year's professionals have the expertise to support very young children's early language and literacy skills.

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