MP Andy’s going back to school

Corby and East MP Andy Sawford is going back to the classroom
Corby and East MP Andy Sawford is going back to the classroom

Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford has joined 60 public figures, including London mayor Boris Johnson, TV historian Dan Snow and stand-up comedian Shappi Khorsandi, who will be going back to the classroom to help inspire the next generation of pupils.

All this week they will be swapping their usual roles to be a teacher.

On Friday (April 26) Mr Sawford will be teaching English to Year 9 pupils at Lodge Park Academy, Corby, supported by a teacher from Teach First, a charity which has launched a national campaign, Every Child Can.

Mr Sawford said: “I have huge respect for teachers who help to transform the lives of young people in my constituency. Taking part in the Every Child Can campaign is a chance for me to understand how it is to teach in today’s classrooms and help our young people to learn.”

Just over a third of young people from the poorest families receiving free-school meals, will achieve at least five GCSEs A*-C.

Fewer than two in five British people think that it will be possible for children from poorer and wealthier backgrounds to ever perform equally well at school, a new survey has warned.

In response to fears that poorer children will always be left behind, Teach First has launched Every Child Can, which aims to help break the cycle of educational disadvantage.

Founded in 2002, the charity believes in the power of education to break the link between parental income and how much a young person achieves in life.

Teach First regional director, Nicholas Hall, said: “The findings are a timely reminder that when confronted with the reality of the UK education gap, too many of us think young people are born to fail and that the street you live on, or the name you inherit, marks you for life. No child should reach the end of their formal education and feel like they have not had a fair deal.

“Many thousands of people, including our teachers, are committed to addressing educational disadvantage, working passionately to make equality possible.”