THE MP for Havant has launched a new headteacher forum in a bid to boost pupil attainment.
Alan Mak’s Havant Education Leaders’ Forum (HELF) brings together the headteachers from all seven state secondary schools in the town.
Helping local students get the best start in life is one of my top local prioritiesAlan Mak, MP for Havant
The principals of Havant Sixth Form College and South Downs College and local special schools such as Glenwood School are also involved.
The forum will discuss cross-constituency issues that affect all local schools, from funding to recruitment of staff, as well as work on joint projects such as giving local students access to mentors and helping teachers with their professional development.
Mr Mak has also pledged to host students from every Havant secondary and primary school in Parliament throughout his term, which he hopes will encourage them to take an interest in democracy and society.
Mr Mak said: ‘Helping local students get the best start in life is one of my top local priorities.
‘I’m working hard with local headteachers and schools to keep on raising standards because we need students with the skills and qualifications to build successful careers and contribute to the community.
‘Havant Academy and Purbrook Park School have recently been awarded ‘‘good’’ ratings by Ofsted so the local trend is positive.
‘My headteachers’ forum will help our schools share the best ideas so every pupil gets the best teaching and qualifications.’
Chris Anders is headteacher at Park Community School in Leigh Park.
He said: ‘Alan has shown he is committed to supporting local schools and teachers, and we are delighted to be part of Alan’s new Havant Education Leaders’ Forum.
‘It’s an excellent new initiative by our local MP.
‘The ability to share ideas with other headteachers and engage with Alan on local and national education issues, from staffing and funding to helping students achieve more, is extremely valuable.’