Schools Funding

Fair Funding for Local Schools

On being elected, I have visited almost every one of our local primary and secondary schools. We have a great community of schools, led by excellent Headteachers, their staff and local governors. 

Schools are facing challenges in balancing their budgets due to recent increases in wages and entitlements for staff. This is a welcome pay rise for hardworking staff but schools need more funding to cover the extra spending. A failure to provide this will lead to reductions in the classroom. 

Through my work speaking in Parliament, lobbying Government Ministers and in working with my local schools, I hope to advance the case that further investment (on top of the record £40bl being spent on schools by the Government) will help schools meet the current challenges and ensure more children get on in life. 


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Letter to Chancellor re 6th form funding September 2019 (239.78 KB) 239.78 KB
Response from Education Minister re 6th Form Funding (48.95 KB) 48.95 KB


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