Investment in Schools and Skills

Every child has the right to a first class education and it is never too late to learn new skills.

My campaign for Investment in Schools and Skills is designed to support our excellent local schools and empower them to do even more. I have made it a priority to increase school funding so our teachers can give young people the very best start in life. Every child deserves a great education and if we invest in our schools, we will ensure that all our children can achieve their goals and succeed in life.

We're also lucky to have two excellent Further Education colleges in Eastleigh which provide high-quality academic and vocational training for our young people and adult learners. I am strong believer in lifelong learning  and our colleges have an amazing track record in helping adults gain new skills, for work and career progression or pleasure. This is good news for our local economy and society. 

School safety is a also key priority because many of our schools have grown in size and are located on busy roads. It is essential that our local roads, cycle lanes and footpaths allow all children to get to and from school safely. The journey to and from school should be quick and easy.  This is why I am working with Hampshire County Council to ensure all schools have safe routes to school.

This is why I am campaigning to:

  • Increase funding for secondary school pupils to £5,000 per year by next year. 
  • Increase funding for primary school pupils to £4,000 by 2021-22. 
  • Expand the number of apprenticeships available locally.
  • Ensure safe routes to school, 



Paul meets YMCA childcare provider at Stoneham Park

On Friday, I met with Chris Hand, Chief Executive of local childcare provider YMCA and very much enjoyed visiting the new centre at Stoneham Park.

We discussed a range of topics linked with childcare provision and opportunities for young people which is a key priority of mine.