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Principal meets Education Secretary Justine Greening to discuss post-16 funding

Havering Sixth Form College Principal Paul Wakeling met up with the Government’s Education Secretary Justine Greening on Thursday November 30th during her visit to Havering.

Justine took the time to discuss with Paul the great work that is being done at the College in ensuring outstanding destinations for its students, including Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group universities.

The Conservative Cabinet Minister heard how the College has a good track record in giving students from deprived backgrounds access to the top universities and higher level apprenticeships, and was impressed with the ongoing guidance and support given by staff to ensure young people have every opportunity to a bright future when they leave the College.

Paul discussed the importance of post-16 funding in helping Havering Sixth Form College to carry on this important work.

He said: “Justine was, on the whole, very positive and made the point that politicians understand the issues and importance of post-16 investment and funding. She said she felt her work was about bringing the academic side of education and the skills side together, and was very focused on involving employers with the development of post-16 education.”

He added: “It was encouraging to be able to discuss the issues we are facing with the Secretary of State and I’d like to thank Julia Lopez, MP for Hornchurch and Upminster, for arranging the visit.”

Justine’s visit to Havering was hosted by Broadford Primary School in Harold Hill, which has jumped from the bottom 10% of schools to the top 1% in the country.

Malcolm Drakes, the Executive Head Teacher, said: “For the Secretary of State to take the time to talk to teachers, listen to pupils and demonstrate a very clear understanding of some practical ways we can improve our system for the benefit of the most vulnerable, was so encouraging.”

Pictured are Justine Greening, far left, next to Malcolm Drakes, and Paul Wakeling, far right.


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