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's 2018 Highlights in 60 Seconds

2018 was a very busy year indeed with much to celebrate both locally and nationally. Here are just some of my highlights from last year - in 60 seconds!

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Robert Hosts Assembly at Standlake Primary School

Robert said: "I was delighted to host my interactive 'How Parliament Works' assembly at Standlake School.  The pupils were very enthusiastic about our democratic system and the level of debate was extraordinarily high.  I was really impressed by the positivity of everyone at the school; thank you

Robert teaches Hanborough Manor School about Parliament

Robert said, "It was a fantastic assembly at Hanborough Manor - I loved the enthusiasm of pupils, and they made some excellent points in our debate.  However, the Commons overruled the Lords and decided to pass a Bill which would scrap all lessons and only do P.E.

Robert visits the Junior Citizen Trust

Robert said, "Today on my Communities Week, I visited the Junior Citizens Trust along with two West Oxfordshire primary schools - Wychwood Primary School and Enstone Primary School.

Robert holds assembly at Enstone Primary School

Robert said, "I greatly enjoyed visiting Enstone Primary School and I would like to thank staff and pupils for showing me around.  I was particularly impressed by the enthusiasm of pupils during my assembly, and he voted to dedicate two whole days to PE lessons!"

Robert visits Brize Norton Primary School

Robert held an assembly at Brize Norton Primary School, where he explained to pupils how a law is created.  The 'MPs' voted to replace all lessons with sport - a sentiment which, after a stage of 'ping-pong' , the 'Lords' agreed to, and sent the Bill for Royal Assent. However, the Queen disagreed

Robert visits the Old Station Nursery in Bampton

Robert said, "It was great to meet with staff at the nursery, and learn how important it is to local working families.  We had an interesting discussion about the effects of policy changes 'on the ground', and I look forward to staying in touch."