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As a parent, I know it's important to have great local schools to choose from, and how crucial education is to every child's development.  This is never truer than in today's fast-changing, high-tech world.

Every child should have access to an outstanding school place, to ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to take themselves anywhere that their talent and enthusiasm can lead them.  West Oxfordshire is lucky to have many outstanding schools - but there is more to do as we work together to expand education opportunities for all.

Since being elected as your MP, I have met over a third of West Oxfordshire schools and have had written contact with all headteachers about education issues.

I have also welcomed a number of local schools to Parliament to speak with them about the work of an MP and look forward to hosting many more.

18 MAY 2017

Conservative Manifesto pledges to ensure no school will have its budget cut as a result of the funding formula

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

Fair Funding Consultation Response

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

MP: Ensure rural schools receive essential funding

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

Robert Courts MP meet with Schools Minister

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

Robert Courts MP writes to all headteachers in West Oxfordshire

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.

23 OCT 2017

Robert Courts MP visits Edith Moorhouse Primary School

Robert Courts MP recently visited Edith Moorhouse Primary School in Carterton to meet pupils and staff for a tour of the school.  Robert also opened the school's new nursery facilities.

Robert said: "I really enjoyed my visit to Edith Moorhouse.  The community ethos of the school is shared by teachers and pupils, making for a wonderful learning environment.  It was a real pleasure to talk with pupils from all age groups who are so enthusiastic about their education.

"It was also a great honour to open the school's new nursery facilities that will enable even more children to flourish at Edith Moorhouse."

Image: Robert answering questions from Year 5 & 6 pupils.

05 APR 2017

Hanborough Manor Primary School welcomes visit from MP for Witney

Excellent questions from the children at Hanborough Manor Primary School.  I would like to thank all those submitted ones for me to anwser!

I always enjoy the chance to see how local schools are progressing, and seeing teachers and pupils at work.

05 APR 2017

Robert Courts MP meets pupils at Great Tew Primary School

I greatly enjoyed visiting the beautiful Great Tew Primary School.  The passionate team at the school have made the absolute most of their small site and have really made this a heart of the village.

I would also like to thank the school council for a very interesting tour!

04 APR 2017

Madley Brook Primary School welcomes Robert Courts MP

I visited Madley Brook Primary School in Witney, where it was great to see the real dedication from enthusiastic teachers and enjoyment from the pupils.

Only opened in 2003, the school has gone from strength to strength and become a real centre for the community.

04 APR 2017

Robert Courts MP visits teachers and pupils at Hailey Primary School

Hailey Primary School is a friendly and welcoming school providing stimulating & supportive education in the heart of one of our rural villages.

I was glad to meet teachers and children and see their work for myself.

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