Last Friday took me to Alston school for a chat with the school council and a school gate surgery. I like it here because we’re at the heart of the Norton estate, named after Lord Norton, the last lord of the manor of Saltley – a place with a good 800 years of history. Once again, I was struck by how our children are united in what they want to see; less crime, more police and more for kids to do where they feel safe. I was inspired to see the sheer number of instruments in the school hall. I’m totally unmusical. But there’s few better symbols of the renaissance of our schools than the sight of inner city kids getting the chance to take home tubas, violins and keyboards.
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