12 OCT 2018

Palgrave Primary School hosts Government visit

Dr Dan Poulter, was delighted to welcome the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt. Hon. Damian Hinds, MP to Palgrave Primary School on Friday 12th October.

Keen to support the school in its endeavours to secure new facilities, Dr Dan invited the Education Secretary to visit the school and see for himself the fantastic work going on here, despite the challenges faced.

Palgrave Primary School is a very popular village school and with excellent road and rail connections to London via Diss Railway Station, and the village of Palgrave is fast becoming a popular choice for relocation from London, with further proposed housing development anticipated in the years ahead. In recent years, there has been a drive to maximise pupil numbers and to increase educational attainment; Palgrave Primary School have achieved exactly that, yet it appears that they are now a victim of their own success.

The school is housed in a traditional, old school building with no land surrounding it, so there is no capacity for the school building to grow in its current site. The small playground cannot accommodate all of the children at break times and there is no dedicated, outdoor space for the children to enjoy outdoor activities or sports.

Palgrave Primary extended a very warm welcome indeed and during his visit to the school, the Education Secretary was all too pleased to join in with the children's activities, adding "It was fantastic to meet with teachers and pupils at the wonderful Palgrave Primary School, and to hear about the importance of the school to the local community."

"I was given a very warm welcome, and the enthusiasm of the pupils and the dedication of the teachers were clear to see. We want all children to have the chances and choices to fulfil their potential, and I look forward to hearing how the inspiring work at Palgrave continues."

Dr Dan added "I have long been supportive of Palgrave CEVC Primary School and am delighted that the Secretary of State for Education accepted my invitation to visit the school and see for himself the fantastic work going on here, despite the obvious challenges presented by the Victorian building. Only a few years ago, the school was struggling with around 40 pupils, but with pupil numbers now in excess of 80, there is a pressing need for new, fit-for-purpose facilities."

"Palgrave Primary School is thriving and will, of course, continue to deliver an excellent programme of education for its children, but with the opportunity to grow further and with new facilities, a whole new generation of children can continue to share and benefit from what's on offer here."

Mrs Julia Waters, Headteacher, said "We feel truly honoured that the Secretary of State has visited our school. I am proud of the excellent staff, pupils and community who have made this school such a success. We are a school for the community and I feel very sad when I have refuse places to local children who deserve the best education".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


04 OCT 2018

Suffolk MP supports local community in fight against anti-social behaviour

Following a recent public meeting, organised by the local Neighbourhood Watch Group, and attended by around 100 residents of the Castle Court estate in Whitton, local MP, Dr Dan Poulter, has invited Policing Minister, the Rt Hon Nick Hurd, MP to visit Ipswich and see for himself the challenges faced by local communities.

Recent weeks have seen a surge in anti-social behaviour in the Whitton area of Ipswich, comprising verbal abuse, criminal damage and arson attempts. This behaviour is a blight on our communities, intimidating those who live and work in the area, and affecting quality of life.

Whilst Ipswich remains a wonderful town, a great place to live and do business, and a safe place to visit, there needs to be an urgent and cohesive approach to tackle this growing violent and anti-social behaviour and improve the town for all who live and work here.

Keen to support residents in bringing an end to this misery, Dr Dan is extremely concerned by this recent spate of anti-social behaviour and wants to do all that he can to support residents, and to encourage the Police and local council to work together to bring an end to the situation. Anti-social behaviour, such as the likes of that currently being carried out in Whitton, is a blight on our communities, intimidating those living and working nearby, and affecting their quality of life.

Dr Dan commends the great work going in by the many dedicated people working tirelessly in our public services and in our communities to help discourage our young people from a life of violence and crime, but recognises that they can't do this alone. Our Police, councils and communities in Suffolk share a collective responsibility to stop this dreadful violence and that's why Dr Dan has also asked the Government to fulfil its share of this collective responsibility, and to help us to tackle the scourge of violent crime and anti-social behaviour head on.

As well as inviting the Policing Minister, Dr Dan has also written to residents, asking them for their views and feedback on on the issues that matter to them most. Dr Dan hopes that by working together and cohesively, we can bring an end to the current situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


22 SEP 2018

Dr Dan Poulter supports Community Coffee fixture

On Saturday 22nd September, Dr Dan very much enjoyed a visit to one of the regular and highly popular community coffee mornings in Cotton, where he met with a number of visitors and volunteers.

Living in rural locations, it can be easy to perhaps feel isolated, but events such as these reach out to the community and provide a regular social gathering for those living nearby, enabling residents to meet up regularly and strengthen friendships.

 


21 SEP 2018

Ormiston Endeavour High School welcomes Dr Dan

Dr Dan Poulter was pleased to visit Ormiston Endeavour High School in Ipswich on Friday 21st September, where he met with the new Head Teacher, Mr Jamie Daniels.

Following the meeting, Dr Dan was then welcomed by an enthusiastic group of students, who were ready and eager to put their questions to their local MP, with the questions coming thick and fast. In particular, the group were very keen to learn more about Dr Dan's work as an MP, both here in Suffolk and in Westminster, but also his role as a part-time doctor.

The students had clearly done their homework and wanted to put their time with their local MP to good use, asking a range of questions on the complexities of the Brexit negotiations, changes to GCSE grading, NHS funding, employment opportunities and the pathway into politics.

Speaking about the visit, Dr Dan said "It's always encouraging to see younger people so engaged with politics, especially coming up with their own ideas and putting forward their own views on such a wide range of topics. It's especially heartening to hear the students' talk about how they would like to see their views and ideas perhaps bring about positive change."


21 SEP 2018

Suffolk MP talks Pizza and Politics

Dr Dan Poulter particularly enjoyed his visit to Dale Hall Primary School in Ipswich on Friday 21st September, where he met with the Head Teacher and then with a group of the students from across Years 5 and 6.

The students were desperate to put their questions to their local MP, asking all about Dr Dan's work as an MP, both here in Suffolk and in Westminster. Aside from finding out more about the role of the MP, the group were also keen to find out a bit more "behind the scenes", not least of all, which was Dr Dan's favourite pizza topping. The discussion subsequently led to the students securing a pizza-making lesson over the coming weeks.

Visits such as these are important in strengthening the link between what Dr Dan does as an MP locally and how he can make sure that the voice of our communities here in Suffolk are heard in Parliament and Dr Dan looks forward to perhaps welcoming Dale Hall Primary School to Parliament in the not too distant future.

Aside from speaking to the students, Dr Dan was also concerned to learn about the recent suspected arson attack on the school's play equipment, destroying a Wendy House and putting the entire school building in danger also. Speaking to the Head Teacher, Dr Dan shares the concerns about the need for improved security fencing and he is keen to support the school further in securing the necessary improvements as a priority.


18 SEP 2018

Dr Dan Poulter encourages Suffolk schools to share in global learning programme

In a post-Brexit Britain, it is vital that we continue to be outward facing and in our endeavours to do so, it is important that we continue to build upon and develop international partnerships at all levels. That's why I was delighted to talk to a group of students last week about the importance of the "Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning" Programme, which is funded jointly by the Department for International Development (DfID) and the British Council.

DfID works with some of the poorest countries in the world, trying to build a healthier, safer and more prosperous world and education is a core part of their work. Globally, some 263 million children don't attend school - many of them because they are too poor, or it's too dangerous to go to school, or there simply isn't a school close enough to where they live.

These children are desperate to go to school and to learn to read and write. DfID gives funding to help ensure that every child can go to school and receive a good quality education.

Here in Suffolk, the majority of our schools are rated Good or Outstanding and under the county council's Raising the Bar initiative, skills development for life and work is embedded throughout each and every child and young person's education jurney. This means that our children and young people are ready for work when they leave school and they have the skills needed to succeed in adult life.

But what about sharing these vital skills with those less fortunate than ourselves? "The Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning" programme aims to connect pupils and teachers here in Suffolk with their global counterparts, to share learning and experiences. It will provide an incredible opportunity for pupils here in Suffolk to work with young people from different countries, cultures and faiths helping to broaden children's horizons.

As Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health, I welcome this new initiative and would encourage schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich to sign up to the programme. This ambitious programme will bring together more than 3 million primary and secondary school students and teachers around the world, learning vital new skills and forming new, global friendships. It will also train some 60,000 teachers and school leaders in the UK and developing countries to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to live and work in a global economy.

Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning is a win for the UK and a win for the developing world. For schools looking to find out more, or to sign up, please click here 


15 SEP 2018

Suffolk MP supports community coffee morning

On Saturday 15th September, Dr Dan enjoyed a quick visit to one of the regular Monewden coffee mornings, where he met with a number of visitors and volunteers.

Living in rural locations, it can be easy to perhaps feel isolated, but events such as these reach out to the community and provide a regular social gathering for those living nearby, enabling residents to meet up regularly and strengthen friendships.


14 SEP 2018

Caring for Suffolk's Carers

A regular supporter of Suffolk Family Carers, Dr Dan Poulter was delighted to visit the organisation to learn more about recent changes and developments there.

For decades, Suffolk Family Carers have provided support, advice and information to thousands of family carers across Suffolk. We all know that people are living longer, often with complex health conditions and illnesses. Here in Suffolk alone, there are over 78,000 identified carers looking after family members and loved ones. Suffolk Family Carers work to support these carers in their roles.

In particular, Dr Dan spoke to the team about the work they are doing to support young carers, who are often coping with the demands of school while caring for a parent or family member with ill health. The team have also been recognised for the outstanding work they are doing around mental health and wellbeing.


14 SEP 2018

Business on the up in Debenham

Dr Dan Poulter was delighted to visit a number of shops and businesses in the thriving market town of Debenham, where he met with a number of business owners and visitors to the town.

During the visit, Dr Dan enjoyed speaking with so many business owners and learning more about their individual successes and growth across many sectors. Debenham High Street seems to be going from strength to strength, with a number of new businesses popping up in the town.

Speaking about the visit, Dr Dan said "Debenham is clearly a flourishing centre for small businesses and you can't help but be absorbed by the strong sense of community and local identity which everyone is so proud of. The businesses offer a warm and friendly welcome to visitors, offering everything from locally smoked products to locally brewed beer, and hand-designed jewellery to bespoke kitchens. Small shops and businesses are the backbone of our rural economy here in Suffolk and I am sure that Debenham will continue to go from strength to strength if today's entrepreneurial spirit is anything to go by."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


14 SEP 2018

Debenham High School welcomes Suffolk MP

A regular visitor to Debenham High School, Dr Dan particularly enjoyed his visit on Friday 14th September, where he met with an enthusiastic group of students from across the year groups.

The group of young people were all too keen to put their questions to their local MP, with the questions coming thick and fast. In particular, the group were very keen to learn more about Dr Dan's work as an MP, both here in Suffolk and in Westminster.

The students had clearly done their homework and wanted to put their time with their local MP to good use, asking a range of questions on the complexities of the Brexit negotiations, changes to GCSE grading, NHS funding, employment opportunities and the pathway into politics.

The group were also keen to see the Government reach out to younger people and would like to see better engagement, both locally and nationally, to ensure that the voice of young people is heard in Parliament, perhaps helping to shape and inform policy.

Speaking about the visit, Dr Dan said "It's always encouraging to see younger people so engaged with politics, especially coming up with their own ideas and putting forward their own views on such a wide range of topics. It's especially heartening to hear the students' talk about how they would like to see their views and ideas perhaps bring about positive change."

Visits such as these are important in strengthening the link between what Dr Dan does as an MP locally and how he can make sure that the voice of our communities here in Suffolk are heard in Parliament. He looks forward to welcoming Debenham High School to Parliament later this year.


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Daniel Poulter: I thank my hon. Friend’s welcome news on capping rail fares, but does he not also agree that it is difficult for customers to disaggregate the cost of the fare—those in Ipswich are very high per mile by national standards—from reliability and speed of service? Despite the cost of tickets from Ipswich, reliability and speed of service have not improved over the years....

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Daniel Poulter: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Waveney (Peter Aldous) on securing this debate, on his chairmanship, with the hon. Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner), of the east of England all-party parliamentary group, and on helping to put the east more firmly on the Government’s map. My hon. Friend was absolutely right...