Tristram Hunt, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education spent the day in Bristol West, meeting headteachers, governors, teachers parents and children.
There is a great deal of interest in education in Bristol West and some teachers and school governors had told Thangam they would like to meet Tristram Hunt to find out what Labour’s plans are and to tell him their concerns.
Thangam arranged that but first she took Tristram to Glenfrome Primary School where she is a Governor and where he met Inger O’Callaghan, the headteacher. Darren Jones, Labour’s candidate in Bristol North West joined the group, as Glenfrome is actually in Bristol North West constituency, though many children from Bristol West neighbourhoods of Easton and St Werburgh’s go there.
Mrs O’Callaghan showed them the grounds
and then the new school buildings where Tristram met teachers and talked to children about their work.
Tristram spent the whole day in Bristol, having one meeting with headteachers and Chairs of Governing Bodies, an informal pizza meeting with school governors and a Q & A session which was open to anyone with an interest in education.
Tristram stressed the importance of having qualified teachers for all children, the need for a broad curriculum which valued the arts, Labour’s plans not to have any more Free Schools (though those already in the pipeline would still go ahead) and much, much more. Here are Labour’s plans for education