THE minister for schools was set to visit Portsmouth today to discuss a new initiative to improve education in the city.
David Laws MP is being asked to back proposals for a Solent Initiative to be delivered by national and local government and schools.
City education chiefs and the council leader Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson will be welcoming him following an invitation by Julian Wooster, the council’s strategic director.
Portsmouth City Council want to run a project called the Solent Challenge, inspired by the London Challenge, which worked to improve outcomes for children in schools in London.
They will be outlining details of the proposal at a meeting in the Civic Offices.
Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘The standard of education and schools in Portsmouth is improving but there is still a lot of work needed.
‘We look forward to this opportunity to meet with David Laws.’