MP challenges Government over local school funding
MP James Heappey has this week challenged the Secretary of State
for Education over school funding in the area.
questions to Secretary of Education Justine Greening in the House
of Commons, Mr Heappey, the Burnham and Highbridge MP said he was
pleased to hear that the establishing of a National Schools Funding
Formula was still a priority of the Government, but added that more
needs to be done to support Somerset's schools.
comes after Ms Greening announced earlier this year that the implementation
of the new national funding formula has been pushed back to the
his question to Ms Greening, Mr Heappey asked: "Schools in
Somerset are hanging on for the introduction of that fairer funding
model, so will the Secretary of State encourage the Chancellor to
look favourably on the plight of rural schools so that they can
be properly funded until that funding formula comes into being?"
Greening responded by reassuring him that she is well aware of the
additional costs faced by rural schools and that the Government
would "do its best in the second stage of the consultation
to make sure that those sorts of challenges that schools face -
and need funding for - are met."
Heappey said afterwards that he was reassured that other recent
announcements on education policy have not taken away from the Government's
commitment to delivering a funding formula, but he remained concerned
that the delay in delivering the new model was bad news for schools
visit a school or two almost every week and see how lucky we are
to have such fantastic schools in our county," he said.
our teachers and school governors cannot continue to deliver this
outstanding education whilst being funded so poorly in comparison
to other parts of the country."
campaigned on this since arriving in Parliament and we have had
some great victories already but the simple fact is that our children
don't get their fair share of the education budget and it is long
overdue that this is put right."
there is to be a delay in arriving at the final funding formula,
I hope the Chancellor will hear my call to send some additional
funding to rural schools to bridge that gap in the meantime."