18 MAY 2017
Today the Conservative manifesto has been released which states that no school will have its budget cut as a result of the new National Schools funding formula. They have also pledged to increase the overall schools budget by £4 billion in real terms by 2022.
This is great news and I am glad that the Government has listened to the lobbying of myself and colleagues. Should I be re-elected, I look forward to ensuring that this is fully implemented.
29 MAR 2017
Last week I submitted my response to the Schools National Funding Formula Phase 2 public consultation to the Secretary of State for Education.
In my response I expressed my concern at the effect the proposals would have on a number of local schools, and made clear the need to ensure all schools in West Oxfordshire receive the funding they need.
You can read my full letter to the Secretary of State here.
16 MAR 2017
The Oxfordshire Guardian wrote about my work on this issue in their edition published Thursday 16th March 2017.
Read this article in full here.
06 MAR 2017
I have met with the Minsiter for Schools, Nick Gibb, to discuss the impact of the funding formula on West Oxfordshire schools.
I pressed upon the Minister the need for all West Oxfordshire schools to have the funding they need, particularly those in rural areas which might be most seriously affected.
I was given a detailed explanation as to how the model was produced and I discussed options with the Minister which might help local schools, including my idea of an essential funding level that will ensure schools have the key funding that they need.
23 FEB 2017
I have today written to every primary and secondary school in West Oxfordshire to discuss the Schools National Funding Formula.
I want to know the concerns and the opinions of all the headteachers, as those who will be greatly affected by these decisions.
I have pledged to champion their opinions when lobbying the Government and I will continue a dialogue with them as this matter develops.