EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell says more money is being invested into our schools.

She said: “The Queen’s Speech took place this week although Her Majesty was sadly unable to attend and the Prince of Wales stepped in to deliver it. In total, 38 new bills were unveiled.

I was particularly pleased to hear of the significant increase in investment the government is making in schools, with £5 billion for the National Tutoring Programme. This will offer catch-up tutoring for students who fell behind during the pandemic.

The most transformative announcement, however, came from the Government’s pledge to build a stronger and future-proof lifelong skills system. The world is changing at a rapid rate and we must have the scope and capacity for adults to gain new skills if we are to have a competitive, flexible and highly skilled economy.

The centrepiece of this approach is the Lifelong Loan Entitlement. This will provide people with a loan of up to £37,000. This can be used over their lifetime for a range of studies including shorter and technical courses. This could help them secure a promotion or a better job.

This is a big new mechanism and a radical shift in emphasis for post-18 education designed to allow people to learn, train and remain employable throughout their lives. I am thrilled it is part of the government’s legislative agenda.”