Reacting to today’s Ofsted inspection report on Bradford local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement, Bradford South MP, Judith Cummins said:
“Whilst I am pleased to see that the report acknowledges some improvements are being made, changes have been too slow, academic achievement too low, attendance poor and the inequalities with disadvantaged pupils worsening. We must put our collective foot on the pedal and accelerate efforts to turn things around.
“I’m committed to working hand in hand with my neighbouring MPs, the local authority and its councillors, education professionals, young people and their parents to deliver the changes necessary to improve the education experience and attainment of our young people in Bradford.
“Today I have made an urgent request to meet with the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP to discuss this report and to call for extra Government support for Bradford Council to deliver, with haste the necessary improvements.
“I’ll also be asking for additional funding to tackle the backlog of school repairs and funding for capital investment to tackle the ever increasing demand for school places.
“It’s important that we acknowledge the hard work and determination shown by teachers and other education professionals in what are extremely challenging circumstances.
“I believe that every young person deserves the best start in life and the opportunity to achieve their true potential.
“Our young people deserve better, Bradford deserves better, and I won’t rest until we get it!”