MP praises schools and the quality of local education

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THE number of unqualified workers in 1066 Country has almost halved in four years.

Research by University and College Union (UCU) ranked parliamentary constituencies by the number of working age adults who have no formal qualifications of any kind.

Hastings and Rye came in at 214 out of 632 constituencies, with 8.7 per cent of residents aged between 16-64 listed as having nothing to show for a formal education.

In 2007, the Office for National Statistics carried out a similar study as part of their Annual Population Survey, and put the percentage of unqualified adults in the constituency at 15 per cent.

The comparison is not straightforward, because boundary changes early in 2010 moved the relatively affluent Brede Valley area inside the Hastings and Rye constituency.

But local MP Amber Rudd still hailed the news as ‘tremendous’, noting the latest research put Hastings in the top third of the country.

She said: “The quality of education and training in Hastings and Rye is now a force to be reckoned with.”

She also praised Hastings schools. Last year the Government announced the St Leonards and Hastings Academies project would replace three local secondary schools with two academies, in an attempt to boost flagging results.

Ms Rudd has campaigned for the academies, set to open this September, and again signalled her support: “We have a wealth of talent in this constituency which is greatly enhanced by the remarkable achievements of the schools and colleges.”