HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has spoken of the need for more funding for schools.
Robert Halfon said: “Last week, there was a big debate on School Funding to discuss the Government’s Education Budget.
I spoke very strongly about the need for more resources for schools and for the Government to have a 10 Year Plan for education, just like they have announced a £20 billion extra 10-year plan for the NHS.
You can see my speech here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2019-02-26/debates/CB3B8D6E-0EC7-4F54-9BC7-F42F9AE0A3F4/DepartmentForEducation?fbclid=IwAR1NlOKTwDxbWL2cHRzFgVoeE_gqW-c1fxXBn1wTP3iIY2so7VDADO7hUwM
As Chair of the House of Commons Education Committee, I have initiated a big inquiry into school and college funding.
You can see the details here and some of the evidence sessions here:
On Tuesday there was a smaller debate on School Funding in Westminster Hall. It was difficult for me to go because I have a long-standing commitment with the YMCA who have a special event with apprentices in Parliament. As many of you know, I am very passionate about apprenticeships for young people, particularly because it helps the disadvantaged climb the ladder of opportunity and get the skills they need. The YMCA is a wonderful organisation that focuses its work on social justice. It is my duty to support them as much as I can and I don’t want to let them down.
I want to reassure school teachers that although I probably will not be at the debate, my commitment to getting more school funding remains undeterred.
Alongside the debate last week and the Committee inquiry, I’ve asked questions about school funding, written a number of letters to Nick Gibb, I visit a school almost every week in Harlow and in Parliament and will continue to act on their behalf.”
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