Today, Monday 15th May, Education Secretary Justine Greening joined Jane Hunt campaigning in Nottingham South. As Secretary for Education, Justine is committed to ensuring Nottingham gets the candidate best placed to ensure education standards in the city rise.
The latest figures released by schools watchdog Ofsted in April show that eight out of 10 city schools are now rated at least 'good' or better - but the latest GCSE results, published in January, ranked Nottingham 148th out of 151 local authorities. Justine Greening agreed that improving education standards is "one of the most important issues" ahead of the general election on Friday, June 9.
Whilst in Nottinghame, she said: "One of the things we've really focused on over the last seven years has been raising standards. Nationally there's now 1.8 million more children in 'good' or 'outstanding' schools compared to how many there were in 2010... We want to make sure we see those sorts of standards rising in Nottingham schools as well. We've seen schools get better but it's really important that the reforms continue.
Jane Hunt, our candidate for Nottingham South, agreed that education is one of the key issues in Nottingham, "It's one of the most important issues that's coming up on the door step. This is the future of the city."