Burton and Uttoxeter’s Member of Parliament, Kate Griffiths MP, has today (8th December) met with headteachers to hear from them about education policy matters they would like to raise as the Autumn term draws to a close.
In her regular catch-up meeting with local school bosses, Kate heard about the protective measures teachers are taking to prevent or contain transmission of Covid-19, and to keep our children’s classrooms biosecure.
Earlier this week, Ms Griffiths questioned the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP, in Parliament about the rollout of CO2 monitors to help analyse air circulation and air quality in school buildings.
The Secretary of State responded by saying over 99 per cent of schools have now received CO2 monitors, with final deliveries being made before the end of this term.
The headteachers also empowered Kate to support them in raising these issues with Staffordshire County Council—the local education authority—which provides assistance to the County’s schools when Covid-19 cases are identified.
Kate also heard about the increase in demand for special school places in the Burton area, and has since written to Staffordshire County Council to put this concern firmly on their agenda.
Commenting, Kate Griffiths, MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, said:
“I always enjoy my meetings with our local headteachers, and find them incredibly useful.
“This is a valuable network that I have established, which allows open and honest two-way communication between myself, and those entrusted with our children’s futures.
“Crucially, this enables me to speak on behalf of headteachers in Westminster and Whitehall: discussing with ministers from a variety of departments what is really happening in our schools—both in the staff room and in the playground—and also with key education unions, influencers and regulators.
“I would like to thank warmly all of our local teaching staff for their incredible efforts over the last term, and wish both them and their pupils a restful Christmas break.”