Head meets PM at No 10

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A headteacher at one of the area’s schools has met Prime Minister David Cameron at a reception in Downing Street.

Jonathan White, who has been head at Woodkirk Academy for 10 years, was invited to Number 10 along with Sabiha Laher, principal at Outwood Grange Academy.

They joined teachers from across the country at the get-together in the PM’s official residence.

Mr Cameron’s government has faced heavy criticism for its education policies from teaching unions.

Former Education Secretary Michael Gove’s introduction of wholesale changes to the exam system, support of free schools and backing of a public sector pay freeze have irked members of the profession, with the NUT saying in 2013 that morale amongst teachers was “dangerously low”.

A poll last year suggested that only 12 per cent of teachers would vote Conservative at the next election.

However, the Prime Minister said he was “honoured to celebrate the commitment of teachers” at the reception.

He added: “Delivering the best schools and skills for our young people, so that they can fulfil their potential and get on in life, is a central part of our long-term economic plan,”

“With such dedicated and inspiring teachers in our schools I know we can ensure our children get the best chance to succeed.”

Mr Gove’s successor at the Department of Education Nicky Morgan was also present at the reception to meet Mr White, who was invited to Number 10 by prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate Andrea Jenkyns.

Ms Jenkyns said: “Jonathan and Sabiha are just two of the hundreds of fantastic teachers we have across Morley and Outwood, but unfortunately I could not take them all to London.

“They are ensuring our children are having the best possible start to their lives and are making the most of their abilities. Schools across the constituency are challenging pupils and helping them to improve. A good education for young people is a key of helping our country to succeed and it was a privilege to take Jonathan and Sabiha to visit the Prime Minister and Nicky Morgan to discuss the excellent work they are doing at their schools.”