Yesterday, I held a Westminster Hall debate on nurture care and early intervention. Education is something I am very passionate about - I actually always thought I'd be a teacher when I was younger before I ended up here!
I think it’s really important to talk about how tough it can be for children from deprived backgrounds or with special educational needs to settle in school. If they don’t get support at the beginning, they often have problems throughout their school years. My debate looks at the ways in which we can help these children.
I raised the positive example of Forest Town Primary School in Mansfield who operate a successful nurture group. The Minister, Nick Gibb, was keen to congratulate and thank the staff at the school for their work.
You can watch the full debate with excellent speeches from other MPs on the Parliament TV channel here. Or for something a little quicker you can watch just my opening speech below.