We're delivering a new University campus and Institute of Technology to ensure young people have the skills needed for the 21st century; with schools supported to drive up aspiration.

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.


Antony Visits Padiham Primary School

Local Member of Parliament Antony Higginbotham visited Padiham Primary School this week as part of his School Tour, giving pupils the opportunity to quiz him on his role as an MP.

Expanding Apprenticeships

Having the opportunity to build a decent life for yourself is something I want to see afforded to every single resident of Burnley and Padiham.

Nurturing Ambition and Driving Educational Progress

This week has seen me undertake a real mix of activities. After fulfilling my Parliamentary duties at the start of the week, I arrived back in Burnley slightly earlier than usual. And education has been front and centre.