Championing Education

Michael successfully campaigned for fairer funding for our schools in Poole and Dorset.  He continues to support our local teachers and schools.


One of the most enjoyable parts of my role as Member of Parliament for Mid Dorset and North Poole is visiting local schools and speaking with pupils about Parliament and what I do. I come from a family of teachers, and know that education is the key to children reaching their full potential. A good education can be the single greatest transformer of lives. From early years childcare, through primary and secondary school to college, our children deserve the best.

Ever since being elected in 2015, I have had a particular interest in education, and was pleased that schools in Mid Dorset and North Poole have benefited from better funding following our campaign to change the funding formula.  I have worked within the Department for Education alongside Government Ministers, and I was particularly pleased that England recently came fourth internationally for primary reading proficiency.


May 2024 News

News from Westminster

Last month I hosted a group of work experience students in the constituency office. Ten students from six different schools gave up a week of their Easter holiday to gain an insight into the world of local and national politics.

Michael welcomes Special Needs Funding

Over the last few months Michael has been contacted by many local headteachers and parents with concerns about funding for children with special needs.

Work Experience week

Michael hosted a group of ten work experience students from six different schools during the Easter recess. 


Michael Attends New Childcare Open Morning

Michael was delighted to attend the open morning at the new BizzyBeez childcare facility in Dorset today. Situated just outside Poole, and offering childcare for children aged 6 months to 4 years, Bizzybeez is a new business run by a local family from Upton.