Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson welcomes headteacher from

Tim Sherriff and Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson welcomed a headteacher from Maghull to Parliament to hear his experiences of teaching and education in the 21st Century.

Bill, who is a member of the Parliamentary Education Select Committee, met with Tim Sherriff, who is the headteacher at Westfield Community School and Children's Centre in Wigan.

The pair discussed Tim's career and the experiences he has gained through his professional life which has led him to leading Westfield Community School and Children's Centre to both being judged by Ofsted to be outstanding.

Bill said: "It was fantastic to meet Tim in Parliament. He is a leading headteacher from right here in Sefton Central, so it great to hear about his experiences and listen to his ideas.

"He has a vast amount of experience in education, having worked for five local authorities. He was previously been the headteacher at Pemberton Primary before taking up his post at Westfield in September 2005.

"In 2007 he was named as the NCSL Headteacher of the Year  in a primary school for the North West of England. He has worked as an Ofsted Inspector and is a local leader of education who has worked throughout the area supporting other schools.

"And if all that wasn't enough, he is currently also a member of the NAHT's Assessment and Accountability Group and a member of the Ofsted Headteacher Reference Group for the North of England.

"It is that type of experience that MPs need to be listening to before making any changes to our education system.

"It is the headteachers, the teachers and the staff who know what is best for our schools and it is they who should be at the heart of the formation of policy which affects their profession and the education and future of our young people."

Bill has already spoken to many teachers and headteachers at schools within Sefton Central to hear their views.

Bill said: "I do think it is crucial that as a member of the Parliamentary Education Select Committee I take the time to speak to people who are working on the frontline of education, in our schools and in colleges.

"I'd like to thank all of the teachers who have taken the time to give me their perspective. They have one of the most important jobs in ensuring that our young people are prepared for the future and they deserve our support.

"I would also like to congratulate Tim on all his achievements and thank him for coming to Parliament to share his expertise with me."


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