The Pen to Print Michael Feld Creative Writing Competition for Young People

Closing date: 16 April 2018, 5pm

The Writing Competition for young people is open for entries and we have an extra prize this year a set of books for the winners’ school! Don't miss this great opportunity to win a great prize for yourself and your school! The closing date for entries is 16 April 2018, and entries can be sent to or dropped off at any library in Barking and Dagenham.

On Friday 1st December Jon Cruddas MP held his seventh annual Christmas card competition presentation event at the former Dagenham Civic Centre, now Coventry University London. All of the photo's from the event can be found on Jon's Facebook page: 

Unfortunately due to a parliamentary vote, Jon was unable to attend;

“I was absolutely gutted not to be there but I had to be in Parliament to vote. I hear the cupcakes from Rainham resident Marilyn Lane were delicious!

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging all local A-level students across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park to take part in the Political Studies Association (PSA)’s Schools’ Video Competition, now in its seventh year. 

A highlight in the PSA’s calendar of activities to engage young people in the study of politics, the annual film competition, sponsored by YouGov, is open to post-16 students who will be studying during the academic year 2017-18.

Earlier this week, a constituent contacted Jon about a fantastic opportunity for young students to express themselves and tap into their creativity by entering a writing competition entitled the Agboola Award for Creative Writing in Schools. This award encourages students to engage in the world of story-telling and allows them a chance to be inspired both by the world around them, and their own personal imaginations.

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging local schools in the Dagenham and Rainham area to participate in the Speaker’s School Council Awards- an awards program that seeks to celebrate school council projects that have made a positive impact in their schools and local communities. This award is run by Parliament’s Education Service on behalf of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon. Jon Bercow MP, and offers schools the unique opportunity to highlight what makes their student councils great, while encouraging democracy and teamwork within the councils themselves.

It’s that time of year again – the Jon Cruddas MP Dagenham and Rainham Christmas Card Competition! This year was bigger than ever with 21 local schools taking part and 21 local businesses sponsoring the event.

Yet again, this month saw the Council Chamber at the Dagenham Civic Centre turn into an explosion of colour! This year there were thousands of cards, making it harder than ever for Jon Cruddas to choose the winning design. However after much deliberation Jon finally settled on a card designed by Daniel Moorey, age 6 from Brady Primary School in Rainham.

Earlier this month Local Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas joined TV’s Dr Hilary Jones at an event at the House of Commons to celebrate the role of school milk in supporting childhood health.

An organisation called Oxbridge Applications is currently promoting their fantastic Access Scheme – the scheme is designed to provide state school students with exceptional opportunities to improve their chances of attending England’s most prestigious Universities, Oxford and Cambridge. The program provides 120 state school students scholarship assistance from Oxbridge graduates every year. 

The access scheme puts state school candidates in contact with Oxbridge-graduates to support them in every aspect of the application:

Last Thursday Jon Cruddas MP asked a question in the House of Commons on school places in Barking and Dagenham. Jon's opening statement can be found below, and the full debate can be found here:

Last week Havering council launched a proposal for additional Post-16 educational provision. The vision is to provide high quality education and training opportunities for young people aged 16-25 years. It is a very important issue which over the last few years has caused an increasing number of parents to raise their concerns about the lack of extended provision for pupils over 16.

Havering Council wants you to have your say – take part in their survey HERE