Word Up! Festival is coming to March

Steve Barclay reading a book as part of Word up 3

Arts Council England have been funding the Creative People & Places project for the last few years with the aim of increasing people in the four Fenland towns’ engagement with the Arts. The Word Up! Festival is part of this and will take place 11th-22nd April in March. It was a great pleasure to be asked to …

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FACET – ‘Focus on Ability not Disability’

Steve Barclay visit to FACET 2 left to right Steve Barclay, Alexis Reid and Steph Reid 1

It was great to visit FACET in March last week. This is an amazing charity with a focus on providing training and day care to adults with disabilities within the Fenland area. FACET helps over 118 adult students who receive tutition in horticulture, woodwork and support towards independence. To find out more visit their website.

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Wimblington Green Dog Walkers

Dog walkers Wimblington

Last week, Wimblington Parish Council launched the nationally recognised Green Dog Walkers scheme at the Fun Dog Show to take the ‘lead’ on dog fouling and encourage responsible dog ownership. This is a great initiative and one that I would encourage more Fenland towns and villages to take up. Dog owners can sign up to …

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A Q&A with Pupils at Cromwell Community College

Cromwell College Chatteris 2

It was a great pleasure to visit Cromwell Community College in Chatteris today for a Q&A with Sixth Form pupils about my role as an MP. The pupils showed a lively interest in politics and current affairs with question topics ranging from Brexit, the NHS, Russia, School lunches and party politics.

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New Advanced Maths Premium can open more doors for young people

Schools will receive £600 for every additional pupil who takes an advanced maths qualification, helping to ensure Britain has skills for success in the future.  The new fund will help schools and colleges increase the number of students studying maths after GCSE. From September 2018, schools and colleges will receive an extra £600 premium for each …

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Helping support our Armed Forces when they leave the military

Military veterans are to be offered a £40,000 support package to retrain as teachers. The grant will be available from September for anyone who has left the army, air force or navy in the past five years and wants to teach biology, chemistry, computing, maths or modern languages – subjects with teacher shortages. Our ex-servicemen …

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Opportunity Area programme will strengthen the support for children and young people with mental health concerns and those with Special Educational Needs

Many schools and parents alike have raised with me their concerns about the support that is available for children and young people with mental health issues and those with Special Educational Needs. I therefore welcome the announcement made by the Department for Education’s Opportunity Area that they will launch a local programme targeted at reducing …

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JS Holmes Launch the new Nissan Leaf

Alex Holmes and Steve Barclay MP at JS Holmes Launch of the new Leaf electric car 2

I had the pleasure of visiting JS Holmes (Wisbech St Mary) ahead of the launch of the new Nissan Leaf. The Leaf is the first second generation of electric cars. I was really impressed that the range of the Leaf has now been extended to 150 – 170 miles. I will again be writing to Fenland District Council and …

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£1.5 Million of Funding for Children’s Running Blades

Running blades

In the past, children who have lost a limb often found it difficult to live a full and active lifestyle because prosthetic limbs were inadequate. New running blades use next-gen technology to mimick the natural movement process, greatly improving amputees quality of life. As a Health Minister, I was delighted to be able to help …

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Funding Agreement for Gorefield Primary School

Gorefield school logo

I received correspondence from the Department of Education this week to inform me that a Funding Agreement has been made to allow Gorefield Primary School to become a sponsored academy with Godmanchester Community Education Trust. Academies form an integral part of the Government’s education policy to raise attainment for all children and to bring about …

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