On Friday 2 February, Amber attended the Education Futures Trust headteachers’ breakfast forum at the Azur at the Marina Pavilion. At the meeting, local headteachers and principals heard first-hand about Government policy and engaged in discussion around the priorities for the Opportunities Area funding.

Carole Dixon, Chief Executive of the Education Futures Trust, said:

“This positive meeting is a regular feature in the calendar and headteachers appreciate the opportunity to raise key issues that impact on education in the town. Discussions ranged from recruitment of staff to broader issues including accessible housing for newly qualified and young teachers.”

Also in attendance was Emily Williams, Head of Delivery at the Department for Education for the Opportunity Area in Hastings, who briefed the headteachers on the delivery plan for the Hastings Opportunity Area and the plan’s key priorities, particularly around broadening horizons for young people and developing skills for employment. This is following the announcement of up to £6 million funding from the Department for Education to be invested in Hastings as part of the Opportunity Area as well as an additional £350,000 for Now Teach to expand into Hastings.

Amber commented:

“It was very helpful to meet with local headteachers at this exciting time for education in Hastings. It was a productive meeting and I am grateful for the hard work that our headteachers and Education Futures Trust are doing to support our area’s young people.

“It is clear that the funding from the Hastings Opportunity Area will make a real difference to the education and development of our town’s children and young people. I am working closely with local stakeholders to ensure that the funding is put to the best possible use.

“I have invited the Secretary of State for Education to join me at a future breakfast forum meeting to discuss the delivery of the Opportunity Area plan with our local headteachers and hear about their work to give our students the best possible start in life.”



Amber is pictured with the local headteachers and representatives from the Education Futures Trust.