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North West Norfolk MP James Wild joy at attending Lynn Education Klimatech Awards

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Lynn Education Awards (pictured) to celebrate the many achievements in education in West Norfolk.

It was an inspiring evening and I offer my congratulations to all the winners and everyone who was nominated. Their achievements are particularly impressive coming after the very challenging time and disruption during Covid.

I was delighted to be invited and speak at the awards as education is one of the issues I have focused on since being elected MP for North West Norfolk. And why is that? It is because education is fundamental to giving people the opportunity to succeed. As Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Lynn News Education Awards night: James Wild MP. MLNF-22AF07303
Lynn News Education Awards night: James Wild MP. MLNF-22AF07303

As someone who was fortunate to have a good education with teachers who encouraged and challenged me and helped to raise my aspirations, I want everyone to benefit from the same opportunities that I had.

That’s why since being elected I have prioritised visiting schools and have been to 20 so far including a few of the winners. I’m look forward to visiting the remainder over the coming months to talk to more teachers and pupils about how to improve outcomes so that everyone has the chance make the most of their talents.

A common theme from those visits is the importance of building resilience and raising aspiration. Evenings like the awards are an important part of doing that by celebrating individual pupil successes, recognising the inspirational teachers and support staff who help make it happen, as well as the overall success of schools which are such an important part of our community.

The government’s schools white paper rightly set out a parent pledge that pupils falling back in English or maths should receive support to enable them to reach their potential. If we get those building blocks right in reading, writing, and maths then we can unlock the learning, knowledge and skills that every child needs to succeed in later life. Equipping them to pursue further study, take up apprenticeships and ultimately providing them with rewarding careers with the great businesses we have locally or beyond, or at the QEH or other parts of the public sector.

As well as visiting schools locally, it has been enjoyable to welcome pupils from the constituency to Parliament – most recently Brancaster Primary School – where there is an excellent educational centre to learn about democracy and British values.

With the end of the summer term, I want to wish good luck to everyone who has exams results coming in the next few weeks.

Finally, let me end by wishing the Editor of the Lynn News, Mark Leslie, a happy and fulfilling retirement as he hands over the reins today after 43 years in the news trade. That is a remarkable achievement. When Covid struck, Mark invited me to write a weekly column which proved to be a valuable way to communicate with constituents and I am grateful for this continuing opportunity.

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