Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Labour's education chief visits top Dudley school

“Education must be our number one priority” says local MP

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt MP will be visiting Dudley this week as part of Ian Austin’s campaign to make education the area’s number one priority.

Austin and Hunt will visit Dudley College on Thursday 19th June between 10:45 – 11:45am and Ellowes Hall Sports College between 12 – 1pm.

They will meet Lowell Williams, the Principal of Dudley College, and students who will show them around the education and training facilities at the college’s three buildings. The college currently offers over 400 courses to more than 12,000 students.

At Ellowes Hall they will meet head teacher Andy Griffiths to discuss improvements at the school which have seen it rated outstanding in all areas in its latest Ofsted report.

Ian Austin said:

“We’ve lost many of our traditional industrial jobs and I think the biggest question we face is how we bring new, well-paid and secure jobs to the Black Country to replace them.

“We need to make education our number one priority because the only way we’ll attract the new investment and jobs on which the area’s prosperity depends is by having the skills new industries need.

“I think we're as good as anyone and the results at Ellowes show that our schools can do just as well as any in the country. I think we should set a target for Dudley and the Black Country to have the biggest improvement in schools standards in the country.

“Under Lowell Williams Dudley College has transformed our town centre and its new technology and manufacturing centre will soon be open. Dudley College is doing vital work, not just in educating young people but helping adults develop new careers and get new jobs too."

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