Schools minister on visit to Portsmouth

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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.’