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Warrington MP Calls For Increase In School Funding

Monday, March 11th, 2019 6:08pm

By Aran Dhillon - Local Democracy Reporter

Warrington South MP Faisal Rashid is calling on the Chancellor to increase funding for schools after expressing fears over sites being ‘held back’ by insufficient budgets.

The Labour politician has criticised the Government’s schools funding policy in Parliament, while urging Philip Hammond to listen to teachers and parents by giving schools a cash boost in this week’s Spring Statement.

Last year, Mr Rashid surveyed more than 30 schools across Warrington South.

He says, since 2015, more than 80 per cent of schools in the constituency have been forced to cut basic educational provisions such as books, equipment and teacher training.

Each of the sites surveyed by the MP reported that they were either ‘dissatisfied’ or ‘very dissatisfied’ with their current levels of funding.

“Despite the best efforts of our hard-working school leaders to protect pupils from these cuts, this is becoming more and more difficult,” added Mr Rashid.

“Schools with the potential to achieve the very best results are being held back by insufficient budgets.

“I am sure that every member, on both sides of the house, will want every child in their constituency and in our country to get the best possible start in life, but if the Government do not change their course, this simply will not be possible.

“Our schools must be provided with the resources they need, funding cuts must be reversed and per pupil funding must be increased in real terms.

“If the Government is serious about the future direction of our country, it must start seriously investing in those who stand to inherit it.”

Warrington Conservatives deputy chairman Andy Carter has responded to Mr Rashid.

He says the party’s branch in the town is looking forward to hearing from the Chancellor about his plans to fund education going forward.

Mr Carter added: “Having a national formula for funding that works for schools here in Warrington is a priority, so that teachers and heads have the resources they need to deliver the all-round curriculum and educational experience that will equip our next generation of engineers, doctors, lawyers and business owners.

“Education is a key building block to social mobility and every child deserves the very best.

“Standards in our classrooms today are better than at any time in the past with 86 per cent of children now taught in good or outstanding schools but there’s more to be done so that we are helping more children to fulfil their potential.”

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