Helping parents apply for their child’s secondary school place
Making the right choice of secondary school and the move from primary can be a tricky time for parents. The process can be very confusing. Alongside the Croydon North Labour Party’s Ethnic Minority Forum Steve organised a meeting for parents of year five and year six children to put their questions and concerns to Croydon Council’s secondary schools admissions manager and Councillor Alisa Flemming, the Croydon councillor responsible for schools. Over fifty parents attended with many questions answered over two hours. Steve plans to repeat this event in future years and to offer another similar event for parents applying for primary school places.
Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Minister for Children and Families. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.
Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.