The following extract is taken directly from the Redditch Standard newspaper on 24.05.18.
THE Headteacher of Pitcheroak School has attended a teacher’s reception at Number 10 Downing Street, hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May. Sheila Holden was there at the invitation of Redditch MP Rachel Maclean. At the reception on Monday evening (May 21), the PM emphasised the central role of teachers in enabling children to fulfil their potential. Earlier this month, the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, set out a series of measures to reduce unnecessary workload to enable teachers to get on with the job. In Redditch 95 per cent of schools are now rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted, an increase of 41 per cent since 2010. “I’m thrilled to have been able to invite Sheila to such an exciting event that acknowledges her incredibly important work,” said Mrs Maclean. “There are so many fabulous teachers in Redditch, and I’ve met many of them during my visits – I would love to have invited them all! “During my visit to Pitcheroak I saw first-hand Sheila’s absolute passion to improve the lives of her pupils, and her determination to give her students the best possible education. “She is an inspiring woman and I’m over the moon that Prime Minister Theresa May was able to recognise Sheila’s work too.” Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “When I stood on the steps outside this house almost two years ago, I talked about my desire to tackle the burning injustices facing our country today. “And education is the key to doing so, and that means teachers like you are the key to making Britain the great meritocracy it can and should be. “The generations of famous figures who have graced this room throughout history owe their successes to the teachers who inspired and educated them. Teachers just like you. “So, I want to thank you, and thank all teachers, for everything you have already done to nurture the next generation.”