Priti is a strong advocate of education in her constituency and works closely with local schools to raise educational standards and outcomes for all pupils.
In 2012 Priti launched her annual Get Witham Reading campaign, a landmark literacy initiative to encourage reading and promote literacy skills among children and young people across the Witham constituency. Back in 2012, literacy levels in the constituency fell below the national average and national statistics showed that one in six pupils were leaving school without gaining the literacy skills expected of an 11-year-old.
Working with local schools across the constituency over the last seven years through this engaging initiative, Priti has helped to raise literacy standards and support pupils to achieve their potential. Priti is keen to build on this progress, ensure good practice is shared among local schools and inspire more children and young people across the constituency to develop a love of reading.
Priti is clear that education is crucial to improving the lives of children and young people. She has campaigned for reforms to the funding formula and investment in special educational needs support to ensure that more resources are available locally to deliver improved pupil outcomes and attainment.
Priti also supports local schools on a wide range of issues including school transport, academisation and local community engagement. Priti regularly visits schools across the constituency to host assemblies and speak with pupils about Parliament and her role as their local Member of Parliament.