Anna Firth, Member of Parliament for Southend West, and member of the education select committee, was featured in Schools Week this month. In the article, she discusses a range of issues faced in the sector, especially grammar schools.
Anna co-founded the online learning platform, Invicta Academy, which helped children continue learning throughout lockdown. The platform has now delivered 230,000 live online maths classes, benefiting children all over the country. The lessons are free and were set up voluntarily by Anna and her co-founder.
With Anna’s experience within the education sector, she is using her knowledge and platform to ensure schools get the funding they require to give children the education and support they require. She sits on the education select committee and regularly contributes to debates to ensure the UK’s education system continues to excel.
In Southend West, Anna’s constituency, they have a very high standard of schools and colleges, with three excellent grammar schools. She believes that Southend West’s schools can be set as a template for the expansion of grammar schools all over the country.
“I am a firm believer that education should be a top priority of our country. My mother was a teacher and signified the importance of schooling when I was growing up, and it has stayed with me ever since. I want the UK’s education system to be of the highest level in the world, and I will continue to fight for its constant improvement for our children”.