At a time when they face a lot of problems, I thought it would be good to report some positive news from some of our local schools and colleges! First, congratulations to Telford College for winning a UK 'Beacon award' as the top college for the way they support international students. International students have always been very important for Telford - currently 400 out of 20000 students - and it was good to meet some of the students at the award ceremony on Tuesday. (Not everything is positive, I'm afraid - I was told about the problems caused by the government changes to the student visa system, which I've already raised in Parliament; and I also spoke to the College Principal about the issue of school leavers not going into education, employment, and training, which I blogged about earlier this week).
The same day I went along to the AGM of the Drummond High School Parent Council - again, a positive atmosphere, and I was particularly impressed by the school's new project to encourage links and understanding between parents and children from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds.
And on Wednesday, always enjoyable to go along to the Broughton area Primary Schools strings concert, lot of keen players, parents, and hard working staff - and I was glad to hear that, as a result of a voluntary initiative, there would now be a rehearsal programme in the autumn which would go some way towards making up for the closure of the primary schools orchestra by the city council as part of their budget cuts last year.