Robert Halfon MP receives Backbencher of the Year Award for work on education

News / Sat 26th Nov 2022 at 10:16am

THIS week, Robert Halfon, Member of Parliament for Harlow, was recognised as the Backbencher of the Year at the 2022 Spectator Parliamentarian Awards. The award is in recognition of Mr Halfon’s work on safeguarding education during the pandemic and was presented at an event attended by the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.

Recently appointed as the Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education by the Prime Minister, Mr Halfon was recognised by The Spectator for his tireless work to raise awareness of the impact of the pandemic on education in his previous role as Chair of the Commons Education Select Committee. 

As Chair of the Education Committee, Robert campaigned against school closures for the majority of pupils throughout the pandemic, which, as he has described, heralded the four horsemen of the educational apocalypse including a widening attainment gap, a rise in mental health conditions, a rise in safeguarding hazards, and a loss of life chances.  

These concerns were explored and highlighted in the Education Committee’s Report, Is the Catch Up Programme Fit For Purpose? And Robert had also introduced a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Commons to prevent any future school closures. 

Commenting on his award, Robert Halfon said, “It is an honour to have been recognised as the Backbencher of the Year at this year’s Spectator Parliamentarian Awards. I was passionately against school closures because of the damage that I felt it brought to our children

“I have campaigned in Parliament over the last year to ensure that the catch up programme is working properly and to make sure that we do everything possible to safely return the 1.7 million persistently absent children back to the classroom. I believe that children learn best in school with their friends and teachers which is why I also introduced legislation to prevent any further school closures. 

“My work on education will not stop now. The Prime Minister has asked me to be the Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education at the Department for Education. I will do all I can to support Harlow schools and colleges, and those across the country, to help increase the number of students climbing the educational ladder of opportunity through higher level apprenticeships, further education and higher education.”

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3 Comments for Robert Halfon MP receives Backbencher of the Year Award for work on education:

gary roberts
2022-11-26 11:48:05

Warm words and little action: Must be a Conservative government trait! As for the award I nearly smiled with [add your word here]. But another photo to hang on his wall, sadly. What has Mr. Halfon actually done for education?

David Forman
2022-11-26 16:59:10

Gary Roberts should try reading the article and the Select Committee's report quoted rather than spewing out out his Momentum inspired spite. I know from my dealings with them that Labour lefties, and Momentum members in particular, have an aversion to reading long documents. Instead, they prefer to be indoctrinated by a small clique through regular email bulletins.

gary roberts
2022-11-26 17:25:52

Mr. Forman you really should get a life instead of insinuating you know my political beliefs. Mind you there was a time you were a Labour "lefty" wasn't there?

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