Steve Beasant

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Great Grimsby and Councillor for the East Marsh Learn more

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According to reports in the media, it appears that the ban on allowing new grammar schools to open in England could be lifted under Theresa May’s new-look government. The new Education Secretary Justine Greening said she was ‘open-minded’ to calls by Tory MPs to allow selective state schools but suggested they may not be ‘old-fashioned’ grammar […]

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The government should show flexibility to parents who take their children out of school for term-time holidays, according to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron. Statistics released this week show that in Cumbria the number of fines issued over the last four years has risen by over […]

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Liberal Democrat Business spokesperson, Lorely Burt has called for a rebirth of adult education in England. She called for the creation of a new ‘Part Time Learning Voucher’ of up to £400 for low income workers who take on and complete additional evening education to help them improve their skills and take the next step […]

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Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland is calling for a cultural change in the inspection regime for English schools and for schools to be given rights to challenge and appeal against Ofsted verdicts and processes. Ofsted- the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills- is the statutory agency which inspects and regulates services that […]

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In the House of Commons, on Tuesday 19th January Greg Mulholland MP criticised the Government’s attempts to make radical changes to the student loans system, without any Parliamentary debate or public consultation. Mulholland represents one of the constituencies containing the largest number of students in the country,Mulholland saying “in 2011 there were just over 19,000 […]

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Government Must Tackle Regional Education Differences

by Steve Beasant on 13 January, 2016

Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron has said the government must do more to tackle regional inequalities, following the publication of a damning think tank report which highlights continuing regional inequalities in education. Analysis of test results from between 1979-2000 suggest there has been “little progress in evening out regional inequalities over […]

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Are you missing out on free childcare for your two year old?

by Steve Beasant on 26 November, 2015

Parents of 1,004 North East Lincolnshire two year olds have already found out that they are eligible for 15 hours free early education and childcare this academic year, but many more parents may be missing out. Eligible two year olds can access their funded place with subscribed providers across the borough: nurseries, pre-schools, family hubs […]

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Starting School for the First Time – September 2016

by Steve Beasant on 16 November, 2015

All children who were born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 will be eligible to start school in September 2016. The process for applying for a school place for September 2016 has already started and information on how to apply has been issued to all nurseries and early years providers in North East […]

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House of Commons debate for NEL Youth Parliament member

by Steve Beasant on 16 November, 2015

Member of Youth Parliament for North East Lincolnshire, Salema Khatun, and other members from around the country took part in a live debate at the House of Commons on November 13 to tackle issues that matter most to young people. The UK Youth Parliament is an organisation run by young people, for young people. With […]

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Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West Greg Mulholland has said criticised government for failing to give an assurance that universal free school meals for infants will not be cut. Universal free school meals were rolled out from last September after Liberal Democrats in government secured the £600mn budget needed for them. All state school […]

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