John Whittingdale visited Maldon Primary School to see the presentation at assembly to pupils by the Google Legends Tour. Deputy Head Teacher, Lea Tyler, welcomed Mr Whittingdale and the Google team to the school. 

The tour aims to keep children safe online by giving them the tools they need to make the internet work for them. The Internet Legends assembly introduces pupils to the Legends Code, four simple guidelines for staying safe and having fun online. They are:

1. Think before you share

2. Protect your stuff

3. Check it’s for real

4. Respect each other

John Whittingdale: “The Internet is part of our lives and has brought huge benefits. But it also carries risks and it is vital that young people understand these. I am delighted that Google has set up the Internet Legends Tour to take the message about the importance of Online safety to schools around the country and was most impressed by the fun way in which it was presented. I have no doubt that for the pupils at Maldon Primary, it was a very valuable lesson”.

MPs from across the region have added their support to the South East Business Growth Hub and Creative Prospectus at a joint launch event hosted by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP) and sponsored by Jackie Doyle-Price MP at the House of Commons.

The event on Monday afternoon (March 14) saw the Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, launch the SE LEP Creative Prospectus.

The prospectus has been drawn up by business leaders from the creative sector, SE LEP and local authorities from across the region. It has established the scope and scale of the creative economy in the LEP area, promotes the local benefits of a thriving creative economy and identifies actions that will help the sector realise its growth potential. 

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John Whittingdale visited St Cedd’s Primary School, Bradwell on Sea, with Vicky Ford MEP.

John met Pauline Ward, Headteacher, to discuss potential opportunities arising from the possible development of a new nuclear power station at Bradwell financed and operated by China General Nuclear. The school is considering employing a Mandarin teacher in conjunction with Ormiston Rivers Academy in Burnham.

John also opened the new Multi Use Games Area sports facility in the playground. This has been funded through the Primary Spaces project run by Sport England.

 

 

 

 

John Whittingdale visited the Bradwell site to see progress in decommissioning the old power station. John was accompanied by Vicky Ford MEP and met Scott Raish, Site Director. (pictured).

The site is following an accelerated decommissioning programme and is now in the Care and Maintenance phase. John went on the roof of one of the old reactors now being clad in aluminium and also saw the Fuel Element Debris treatment plant and the Intermediate Level waste store. John said “remarkable progress has been made since I last visited Bradwell in March with both reactors now almost fully clad. Bradwell is the first commercial reactor to be decommissioned in the UK and the techniques being developed here will be used across the industry. I congratulate all involved on the fantastic job that they are doing”

Following their visit, John and Vicky went with EDF to see the possible site of the new Bradwell B nuclear power station which may be built next to the old power station by the China General Nuclear Corporation.

John Whittingdale visited Elmwood School in South Woodham Ferrers to talk to pupils about his work both as the local Member of Parliament and as a member of the Government. His visit coincided with a themed week at the school on British Values.