Schools, pensions and (of course) rail make for a busy week
This week we received the news that the Government is to pump an additional £1.3bl in to our schools. As I have written many times before, I appreciate that School Funding is at record levels but the costs which schools are bearing has outstripped the increases. Only last Friday I was at one of our village primary schools poring over their finance spreadsheets. The future years looked difficult. My usual tactic for a funding announcement is to give it 48 hours to see if the figures stack up. So far, it does look as if the commitment to ensure every secondary school pupil carries £4,800 per year to their school is a good uplift from the present. I have now asked for the same commitment for primary schools and am told it will arrive this Autumn. I applaud all of the heads, teachers, parents and pupils who have formed a constituency alliance to help me push for more, including St Peter and St Paul’s CE Primary School who came up to see me this week in Parliament.