Education leaders from the respected Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) met with schools minister Nick Gibb and local MPs to discuss the curriculum, future of school funding and other pertinent education issues.
Richard Gill, CEO and Neil Warner, executive headteacher, met with Nick and Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell at his constituency office on Friday (13 October) while Brookvale headteacher Jonathan Smart and Slade headteacher Helen Hastilow (both pictured with Jack Dromey MP and fellow Erdington headteachers) visited the education minister and Erdington MP Jack Dromey in Westminster yesterday (17 October).
Richard Gill said: “We welcomed the opportunity to meet with Nick and our MPs. The issue of funding affects and unites all our schools and parents and we were there to represent our local communities and headteachers.
As schools, we are morally bound to do all that we can to give our children the highest standard of education amid current budgetary challenges. We are working resourcefully and creatively to deliver effective quality teaching and learning through strong collaboration, but we also need long-term and equitable investment across schools to support those fundamentals.
“We hope that such constructive discussions will pave the way forward for future changes to funding and we thank Nick for taking the time to meet with us. Like Andrew and Jack, we are committed to serving our communities by working together to assure our children’s futures.”