What an interesting morning! I was invited to West Earlham Junior School’s Careers Day, where pupils were enjoying the participation of UEA students, a vet and a solicitor - among other guests. I met year six, talked to them about my career as an MP and answered their many questions.
Before leaving I was able to talk with several members of staff, who were very concerned about the lack of provision for young pupils with mental health problems, which I know is an issue across Norwich and Norfolk. Safeguarding procedures are in place but there are long waiting lists, and support can often be too slow and insufficient. Recent cuts and changes by the Tory Government have certainly had a detrimental effect on pupils.
I also spent time with the Infant School, visiting their superb outdoor facilities. Headteacher Mrs Neate–Evans echoed many of the educational views of the Junior School Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Edwards. Both were passionate about their schools’ work in helping their pupils to make progress with reading and fluency of speech. With both schools doing a great job at this, pupils will have a firm foundation for further study.