Children’s Minister Tim Loughton visits Sebright primary to see City Year team in action

Children’s Minister Tim Loughton is the latest government bod to visit Hackney, to see with his own eyes the difference City Year is making to schools here.

Mr Loughton’s visit to Sebright Primary School in Audrey Road, Haggerston last Wednesday (February 1) came hot on the heels of Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude’s visit to Whitmore Primary School in Shoreditch last month.

Youth and education charity City Year recruits places teams of 18-25 year old volunteers in inner London schools to work provide classroom support, giving them valuable work experience in the meantime.

Mr Loughton was impressed by the dedication of the City Year corps members.

“They are clearly having a big impact on the schools they are working at,” he said.

“City Year recruits fantastic young people and unleashes their idealism and passion to help children at school.”

City Year has been running for just over a year and now has 80 full time volunteers working in inner London schools, three of which are in Hackney.

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