Teachers come together to increase education standards

LEADERSHIP Paul Foxley, Headteacher, Purbrook Park School; Suki Dhesi, Deputy Principal, Havant College; Ruth Witton, Headteacher, Glenwood School; Alan Mak MP; Marijke Miles, Headteacher, Prospect School; Chris Anders, Headteacher, Park Community School; Martin Hall, Woodlands Education Centre; and Mike Gaston, Principal, South Downs College
LEADERSHIP Paul Foxley, Headteacher, Purbrook Park School; Suki Dhesi, Deputy Principal, Havant College; Ruth Witton, Headteacher, Glenwood School; Alan Mak MP; Marijke Miles, Headteacher, Prospect School; Chris Anders, Headteacher, Park Community School; Martin Hall, Woodlands Education Centre; and Mike Gaston, Principal, South Downs College
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A NEW forum has been launched in Havant bringing headteachers of schools in the area together.

The idea introduced by Havant MP, Alan Mak, hopes to boost students’ attainment by sharing ideas and working together on joint projects.

Supporting local schools is one of the MP’s top three local priorities and was one of the major issues raised by residents during his election campaign.

Mr Mak has pledged to represent students from every Havant secondary and primary school in Parliament during his time in office.

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.’

The Havant Education Leaders’ Forum welcomed headteachers from all seven state secondary schools in the constituency, along with the principals of South Downs College and Havant Sixth Form College.

The Conservative MP wants to create a better working network of all the local schools.

By bringing them together, he hopes they can increase the standards of education across the area.

The forum will discuss cross-constituency issues which affect all the schools, from funding to recruitment of staff, as it looks to pool all the resources available into a joint community.

Mr Mak is also encouraging schools to work together on joint projects such as giving local students access to mentors and helping teachers with their professional development.

Park Community School headteacher, Chris Anders, said: ‘Mr Mak has shown he is committed to supporting local schools and teachers, and we are delighted to be part of this new Havant Education Leaders’ Forum.

‘The ability to share ideas and engage with our MP on local and national education issues is extremely valuable.’