In last week’s budget the government announced that maintenance grants for poorer students would be replaced by loans from 2016/17. These grants are targeted at families on incomes of less than £25,000 with a decreasing amount available for households on
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West Meri O’Connell writes… At RBC’s January Council meeting members of Reading’s Youth Parliament asked Councillors to show their support for lowering the voting age to 16, only the Conservatives refused to do this.
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West, Meri O’Connell responds to the latest Reading OFSTED report: Many of you will by now have seen the worrying headlines in the local press about Reading’s failing primary schools. As a parent of
Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws MP has this week announced government money will be invested in Caversham Primary School, St Michael’s Primary School and Phoenix College in Reading. The money will come from the Priority Schools Building Programme, a
New figures show 1,110 people started an apprenticeship in Reading in the last 12 months. Liberal Democrats in Government have led the apprentice drive and are on course to deliver two million apprenticeships in Britain by the end of this
Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Reading are set to receive £6.14m to boost attainment, the Liberal Democrats have announced. The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues. It means primary schools will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for
From the start of September, all infant aged children in Reading have been receiving free school meals. And a leading local Liberal Democrat has welcomed the benefits that will result from ensuring children have a free hot meal at school.
Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Reading are set for a £166,659 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families. Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even
School food has changed beyond recognition since my day. We were served up uninspiring, overcooked mush – which hardly sent the taste buds into overdrive. Not anymore. Now menus are loaded with healthy food by kitchen staff who actually care