Sir Keir Starmer hears of city's strong education partnerships

Published Monday, 20 July 2020

Opposition Leader Sir Keir Starmer today heard from the city’s school pupils and parents about their experiences of learning through Covid-19.

The Labour leader was joined by Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green MP on a visit to Whitmore Park Primary School.

They spoke to the Headteacher and local parents and heard about Coventry’s strong partnership approach to education that has kept families well-supported throughout the pandemic.

They also heard about the work being done to support vulnerable children and families through food initiatives being delivered locally with community and Council support.

Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I’m delighted Sir Keir Starmer was able to see how Coventry’s family of schools and colleges, in partnership with the Council, works together and in support of each other for the greater good of all our children and young people.

“Covid-19 has placed incredible pressure on our schools and colleges. It is not going to be just a short-term catch up that is needed but a new approach with a long-term vision for a very different future facing children. The strong partnership between schools, Council Services and other institutions puts the City in a strong position so that we can meet that uncertain future with confidence"

The visit then moved on to Coventry College to hear about the city’s innovative approach to youth work as well as support for apprenticeships through the college.

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