28th Oct, 2016

School funding sparks concern

Evesham Editorial 6th Feb, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PERSHORE’S MP Harriett Baldwin has written to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to raise her concerns about funding for schools in her constituency.

Following a meeting secondary school headteachers to discuss budget concerns, Mrs Baldwin has taken their cash fears to the Department for Education.

The headteachers from Pershore High School, the Chase Technology College and Hanley Castle High School all met to discuss shortfalls in their budgets in coming years.

Mrs Baldwin said: “I am grateful that the head teachers took the time to meet with me and raise their concerns and I have written to the department and discussed this problem face-to-face with Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.”

“Each school has already taken steps to make the best of their budgets but they still get a much poorer settlement each year compared to similar sized schools in Birmingham.”

“Standards and discipline in schools is an essential part of a long-term economic plan that teaches skills to young people so that they can fulfil their potential and get on in life.”

Although the Government last year committed an extra £4.9 million to help bridge the gap, Worcestershire remains one of the poorest funded counties in the country.