Education

rory_youngcumbriaThe biggest challenges facing our schools in Penrith and The Border are those of distance and sparsity. We have the country’s smallest secondary school and its smallest sixth form college. The threat of closure is ever present for many of Cumbria’s smallest and most rural primary and secondary schools. We must do all we can to protect our schools: they form the life and heart of every village.

My colleagues and I have lobbied the Education Minister strongly to ensure the National School Funding formula recognises the unique needs of our rural schools, and provides them with additional financial support. I have worked closely with head-teachers and Cumbria County Council to establish a fair allocation of resources in Cumbria, favouring our smaller schools.

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Langwathby School

RORY PRAISES SCHOOL FOR ART MART WEEKEND

Rory visited Langwathby School’s ‘Art Mart’ weekend to support the annual event, in which the School is transformed into an Art Gallery. Art Mart brings artists from all over Cumbria to showcase their work alongside that of the children from the School. The event, which is in its 23rd year, displays over 320 paintings and works […]

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​RORY VISITS ONE OF BRITAIN’S LEADING EDUCATION CENTRES

Rory recently visited the Blencathra Field Studies Council for an update on its work and developments. The centre is part of the Field Studies Council (FSC) – an environmental education charity providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore, and understand the environment. More than 100,000 students go on FSC […]

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RORY TALKS POLITICS AND FOOTBALL WITH LOCAL CHILDREN

Rory visited Threlkeld School on Friday, meeting with years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Rory spoke to the children about the life of an MP in both his role as local MP and in Westminster. Rory met with the school children after receiving a letter and a personal invitation to visit the school from 9 […]

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RORY CONVENES MEETING TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF APPLEBY HERITAGE CENTRE

Rory has convened a meeting with representatives from Appleby Heritage Centre and Carlisle College to discuss the future of the centres’ apprenticeship programme. For many years Appleby Heritage Centre has been working in partnership with Carlisle College to provide apprenticeship opportunities to young people across the Eden Valley, but the centre’s future and its ability to delivery apprenticeship programmes was thrown into doubt following the merger of Carlisle College […]

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RORY VOWS TO SUPPORT APPLEBY HERITAGE CENTRE

Rory visited the Appleby Heritage Centre on Friday where he met with staff to discuss the future of the centres’ apprenticeship programme. For many years Appleby Heritage Centre has been working in partnership with Carlisle College to provide apprenticeship opportunities to young people across the Eden Valley, but following the merger of Carlisle College with Newcastle College in April 2017 the centre’s future and […]

Rory Stewart MP, Jacob Reid MYP and Eden Schools Representatives

RORY PUTS MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS AT TOP OF LOCAL AGENDA

Rory Stewart MP and Jacob Reid MYP chaired a mental health roundtable discussion for local Penrith and The Border schools today. Staff and students from twelve primary and secondary schools from the constituency assembled to share their views on the best ways of tackling mental health issues for young people. Both groups contributed to a productive discussion with the […]

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​RORY HEARS ABOUT CUMBRIA’S TEACHING CHALLENGES

Rory Stewart MP has met with some of Cumbria’s key Education figures to discuss some of the challenges facing the teaching system. The group included Graham Frost, Cumbria Branch Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), Sue Sanderson, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, and Kathryn Fox, Head of School Partnership and External Engagement at […]

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RORY WELCOMES £1.3 BILLION BOOST TO NATIONAL SCHOOLS BUDGET

Rory has welcomed the announcement that there will be an additional £1.3 billion dedicated to schools funding over the next two years – helping to create more school places in Penrith and The Border, and more funds for headteachers to continue the important work they do in educating Penrith and The Border’s children. Rory commented […]

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Optimism in Politics – Herald Column Saturday 8th July 2017

The United Kingdom has never been so well-educated. The number of people going to university in Britain has exploded from three per cent in the 1950s to almost fifty per cent today. Our citizens have never been so well-informed about our politicians and their policies. And lobby groups have never been so relentlessly practical – […]