Delivering an Outstanding Education for Every Child

As a father to two young children, and with a wife who is a governor at a local school, I know just how important it is to have superb local schools to choose from, and how crucial education is to every child's development.  This is never truer than in today's fast-changing, high-tech world.

Every child should have access to an outstanding school place, to ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to take themselves anywhere that their talent and enthusiasm can lead them.  West Oxfordshire is lucky to have many outstanding schools and standards have increased significantly in recent years - with 95% of our local schools now rated Good or Outstanding - but there is more to do as we work together to expand education opportunities for all.

Since being elected as your MP, I have visited most of West Oxfordshire's schools and am in frequent contact with all local headteachers about education issues. These key relationships enable me to understand the issues facing schools in detail and to make effective representations to Ministers on their behalf. I am delighted that these representations have secured a huge success for West Oxfordshire’s schools, with funding being levelled-up to ensure that every secondary school will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil, and at least £4,000 per pupil for primary schools. This major funding boost will also see our hard-working teachers get a pay rise, and more money invested to support pupils with special educational needs.


Robert Welcomes School Reopening

Robert said: "Education is vital to every child's development - and nothing will have a greater effect on improving the life chances of our children than them returning to school. That is why it is so important to ensure pupils return to the classroom this week.

Robert Hosts Assembly at Leafield Primary School

Robert said: "It was a pleasure to host my interactive 'How Parliament Works' assembly for pupils at Leafield Primary School this morning. A really enthusiastic and engaged group - making for a compelling debate!"

Robert Hosts Assembly at Tower Hill Primary School

Robert said: "It was great to be back in West Oxfordshire and to spend the morning hosting an interactive assembly at Tower Hill School in Witney, where I explained how Parliament works and invited pupils to debate - and pass - an Act of Parliament.

Robert Visits Kingham Primary School

Robert said: "I enjoyed a wonderful visit to Kingham Primary School on Friday, a truly superb local school in an idyllic West Oxfordshire setting.

Robert Celebrates Success of the Europa School

Robert said: "I enjoyed a fascinating visit to the Europa School in Culham recently where I saw first-hand the incredible work done by teachers and staff to provide a multilingual education to young people in Oxfordshire.

Robert Speaks in Debate on Village Schools

Robert said: "Proud to speak up on behalf of West Oxfordshire's small and village schools in yesterday's Westminster Hall debate. Village schools are the heart and soul of rural life, ensuring our communities thrive and providing the next generation with high-quality local education.