Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Ministers intervene in exam grade appeals

Overnight we have news that Ministers have reviewed the actions of teachers, Examining Boards and the independent regulator. They have decided that a good ground for appeal can be the mock exam results where these were achieved in properly controlled conditions. This means an individual will have a way of upping their grade where a […]

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On line meeting with Schools Minister

I dialled in to Nick Gibb’s briefing yesterday about the forthcoming exam results. He set out the position as I did on my blog yesterday. He agreed  it would have been better for all pupils to be able sit the exams, and for these to be marked  by independent teachers who do not know the pupils […]

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BA should listen to its staff

Constituents are understandably  writing to me about the words and actions of BA. I have condemned the way IAG has treated their staff and written to them urging them to be fairer to their employees. I have also questioned the worse treatment for  BA relative to other airlines they own. I have drawn attention to the […]

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More money for school transport for Wokingham and West Berkshire

The government has announced a new £40 m fund to help with the costs of school transport from September for English local government. I look forward to Wokingham Borough and West Berkshire getting some benefit from this, which is in addition to extra funding for walking and cycling policies which the government recommends to pupils […]

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Support for jobs, incomes, and businesses in Wokingham

I have received this update from the Government: Dear John, On 8 July, I set out the government’s next step towards economic recovery and securing the UK’s long-term prosperity in our Plan for Jobs. As we embark on this next phase, the latest figures demonstrate that we are continuing to support jobs, incomes, and businesses […]

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Broadband provision in the Thames Valley area

I have received this update from the Government: Dear John, Thank you for your correspondence of 18 May, in which you request details of the government’s plans to improve broadband provision in the Thames Valley area. I am replying as the minister responsible for this policy area and I apologise for the delay. The government […]

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New primary school for Wokingham

I have received this letter from the Department for Education: Dear Sir John Redwood Statement of Intent for a new primary free school in Wokingham Town (Matthews Green area), Wokingham I am writing to inform you that The Keys Academy Trust has been given Secretary of State approval to sponsor the new free school, which […]

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Pay rises for nurses and teachers

Dear John I am writing to you regarding today’s announcement of the public sector pay awards for 2020-21. Today, we are accepting the recommendations of the independent pay review bodies and announcing a significant, real terms pay increase between 2-3% for around 900,000 public sector workers across seven workforces, around 20% of total public sector […]

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More money for schools

The government has announced the National Funding formula figures for schools and constituencies. These figures tell us how much money the government has allocated per pupil and per school. Councils provide services to local schools and have some powers over the actual payments. The Wokingham constituency is to get a 5.2% increase in cash , […]

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Oak Tree School – a new Special School for Wokingham and Reading

I have today received this news from the Maiden Erlegh Trust: 20 July 2020 Dear Mr Redwood At the start of this academic year, Maiden Erlegh Trust applied to open a new special free school for 150 children with complex special educational needs from Year 1 to Year 13. We are delighted to announce that […]

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