Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Monday, November 16, 2020
The Education Secretary has announced plans to review the university admission system to ensure the system is fair – helping Britain to level up and spread opportunity across the nation.
Under the new proposals, students would only receive offers from universities after they have received their grades, instead of before. The current reliance on inaccurate predicted grades routinely lets down too many of our brightest students.
By moving to a system that relies on real grades, we can end this unfairness and ensure we have a system that helps young people into the best universities. It will also end the damaging use of unconditional offers which remove the motivation to work hard at school.
It has been a challenging time for the education sector, but we will not allow coronavirus to get in our way of levelling the playing field and empowering students to have the very best opportunities to succeed.