Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, visited Coventry University Scarborough yesterday, where he met with members of the our Partnership Board over a lunch to discuss progress with the programme so far. Board members discussed early developments with projects in priority areas including early years development, maths and literacy. Board members were also open about the continued challenges with effective implementation in an ambitious, but time-limited, programme.
The Secretary of State went on to meet a group of young people who will be supported by our Essential Life Skills fund, and listened to their experiences of school, their ambitions for the future and their concerns as young people growing up in the area.
Chair of the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area Partnership Board, Sir Martin Narey, said:
“I’m delighted the Secretary of State is visiting the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area to see the efforts we are making to improve social mobility along the coast.
“I know that improving social mobility has long been a priority for this Education Secretary, and I want him to see the encouraging progress we are making. Too many children along the coast do not fulfil their potential. The Opportunity Board, all volunteers and which I chair, is determined to address that.”