John thanks teachers as summer holidays begin

John has paid tribute to teachers across the constituency as the summer holidays begin recognising that their hard work means that more children are gaining the skills and knowledge they need to get on in life. 

John has a rolling programme of visiting all of the schools in the constituency and said that he has always been struck by the passion and dedication of teachers and teaching assistants he has met.

3,045 more children in the constituency are now in schools rated good or outstanding, compared with 2010, and 1.9 million more children are attending good or outstanding schools nationally. 85 per cent of schools are now rated good or outstanding, up from 68 per cent in 2010.

Literacy levels have been rising since the introduction of the phonics screening check in 2012, meaning more children are mastering the fundamental skills they need. In 2012, 58 per cent of 6-year olds in reached the expected level in reading nationally, compared with 82 per cent last year.

Reforms to the curriculum mean more pupils are studying the core, academic subjects they need to get on and disadvantaged students are more likely to go to university than ever before. At the same time, reforms to apprenticeships mean that young people have quality, vocational options as they await their GCSE and A-Level results.