Minister given an insight into school

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The Minister of State for Schools visited Cramlington last week to get an insight into one of the town’s schools.

David Laws undertook a tour of Cramlington Learning Village on Thursday and met students and watched lessons taking place.

The minister had written to the council earlier in the year to ask how it was using the pupil premium funding to raise attainment of those students eligible to receive it.

The visit was in response to an invitation from Northumberland County Council to come and discuss the plans, and other current educational issues.

He met with a group of head teachers including headteacher Wendy Heslop as well as Coun Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s services at the council, and senior officers from the local authority’s children’s services team.

Coun Arckless said: “We are very pleased that the minister for schools was able to take time out of his schedule to come to Northumberland and to see and hear about educational issues here first hand.

“It was great to be able to show him what is happening in schools like Cramlington Learning Village, and for our officers and headteachers to have an opportunity to talk about current topics.”

Cramlington Learning Village, in Highburn in the town, has more than 2,000 pupils and is a specialist science and vocational college.

It has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted four consecutive times, in all categories including its Sixth Form.

Ms Heslop said: “It was great to have David Laws visit Northumberland last week, he was able to see the excellent work that we do here in the north east.”

Mr Laws then went on to a visit and meet staff and pupils at Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham during the afternoon.