We need to spread opportunity to unleash the potential of Burnley and Padiham. And that’s why I'm working to turn our borough into a North West leader in technology education.

  • Our community became great on cutting edge technology. We need to restore this focus. And make Burnley an Educational Improvement Zone.
  • Burnley College has taken leaps forward by becoming part of a new Institute of Technology. One of only 12 nationally.
  • UCLan is expanding higher education in the borough, offering thousands more places to feed in skills to the new National Cyber Force in the Ribble Valley.


Ambitious reform for children and young people with SEND

After supporting a new Schools White Paper which will see all pupils who need extra help with learning in Burnley and Padiham given the support they need, Antony Higginbotham MP has welcomed the plans set out to improve the provisions in place for local SEND children.

Schools White Paper delivers real action to level up education

Any child who falls behind in maths or English will get the support they need to get back on track, as part of a pledge made by the Education Secretary today, as he launched the first Schools White Paper in six years.

Commenting Burnley and Padiham Antony Higginbotham MP said:

Antony Higginbotham MP - Celebrating Apprenticeships

This week is National Apprenticeship Week where we celebrate all the achievements of those involved in learning trades within our borough. From the young engineers who will be designing and building the next-generation aeroplanes, to budding accountants, lab technicians, digital marketers.

Further Expansion at Burnley College given Green Light.

Burnley College has been given the green light to expand its education campus on Princess Way with a new 20,450 sq ft industrial hub and three educational buildings on six acres of land along the River Calder.

Prime Minister Confirms Burnley College to become Institute of Technology

Antony Higginbotham MP speaks in PMQ’s about the importance of education in level up Burnley and Padiham.
This comes at a time when Burnley College is seeing significant expansion through further Government investment and a successful proposal to become an Institute of Technology.