Today I had the pleasure of meeting Megan Hughes and Chris Cooper two young people from Ambitious About Autism, they came to interview me on how we can improve teacher training and improve educational outcomes for young people with Special Education Needs.
I have long been a supporter of the great work Ambitious About Autism undertakes to ensure that young people with autism are able to progress through education and into employment and am happy to support their new campaign on Autism and Initial Teacher Training.
The Government plans to bring in a new Education Bill this autumn based on the discredited white paper: Education Excellence Everywhere.
Today I attended an event in Parliament sponsored by Breast Cancer Care and the APPG on Breast Cancer to mark Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
Secondary breast cancer is where breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body and is incurable. It is estimated that there are 36,000 people living with secondary breast cancer in the UK and every year, approximately 11,600 people die from the disease.
At the event I have the pleasure of meeting with a number of women living with secondary breast cancer, who shared with me their stories surrounding the treatment and support they have received.
Last week I attended the Labour Party conference held in Liverpool. Of the many events I attended, one of the most engaging and fascinating was a roundtable event titled ‘No One Left Behind: Who’s Looking Out For Young People?’ held by the social justice charity Nacro. The panel discussion was chaired by Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee and featured important contributions from Wes Streeting MP (Treasury Select Committee), Councillor Richard Watts (Leader of Islington Council and Chair of the influential Local Government Association Children & Young People Board), Seyi Obakin (Chief executive of Centrepoint) and Sally Benton (Nacro).
Labour Students are proud of our partnership with Community Trade Union. Shonagh Munro, Chair of Edinburgh Labour Students, talks about being part of Community and our shared values.
My name is Shonagh and I'm a second year student at Edinburgh University. I joined Labour students in 2014 and since then British politics has seen some of the most exciting events in recent times. In my local Labour club I've campaigned to ensure students are registered to vote as well as for our staff to be paid the living wage. We also have hosted a number of socials where we taught our English Labour Students equivalents how to celidh and introduced them to the wonders of haggis!