Supporting Local Schools

Jeremy is a great supporter of our local schools. He regularly visits schools in the constituency and enjoys meeting teachers and students to discuss a range of topics.  Prior to the dissolution of Parliament on 6th November 2019, Jeremy enjoyed meeting local school visits to Parliament.  

Our area is rightly very proud of the quality of our local schools and teaching - and of the successes of local students.  Local Schools and Colleges have an enviable reputation and standards are high.  While there is further to go it was particularly pleasing to see a significant improvement in local primaries’ Key Stage 2 results (and some terrific individual results) as this has been a comparatively weak area across the county as a whole.

Higher funding is only one of many elements that drive educational success but ensuring schools get the right resources is incredibly important.  The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that real terms per pupil funding for 5 to 16 year olds in 2020 will be more than 50 per cent higher than it was in 2000 and the OECD’s (2015) statistics suggest that the UK appears to spend the highest percentage of its GDP on institutions delivering primary and secondary education compared to other G7 countries.  It is right that we invest heavily in education and it is important that schools on a comparative basis get their fair share.

Virtually the first meeting Jeremy conducted when he was first-elected as an MP in 2015 was with the then Education Secretary to demand that the Government honour the Conservative Manifesto commitment to introduce fairer and more transparent funding for schools.

Jeremy, alongside West Sussex MPs, campaigned hard on this issue regularly meeting with local Headteachers and Ministers and holding Parliamentary debates  to fight for increased resources for local schools, 

Jeremy was delighted that, as a result of months of campaigning, the Government brought forward changes to the funding mechanism, resulting in a transparent formula aimed at ensuring that every pupil anywhere in England with the same characteristics would be moved towards receiving the same funding (adjusted for local costs).

This was a real victory for our schools and as a direct result our schools are seeing real increases in their funding.  Jeremy was particularly pleased to see a minimum per pupil funding guarantee.  He had demanded this in Education Questions and in PMQs and its delivery directly helped local secondary schools: who received an average funding boost of 11 per cent.

However, Jeremy does recognises that costs have also increased, often beyond the additional specific funding support provided by the department on issues such as teachers pay and pensions,  Jeremy has continued to meet with Headteachers to discuss their funding concerns.  In particular he has focussed on “High Needs” funding.  Jeremy and local MPs met the Education Secretary to press for progress on this issue twice before a significant funding increase (of £250m over two years) was announced to support this critical area and in doing so help every school support every pupil.  Jeremy has since met County and Heads to discuss how best this funding (and the promise of capital support) can be deployed.

Please see below for updates from Jeremy on our schools:


Jeremy Quin Visits Forest School

Good to see Ian Straw the head of Forest on Friday. We spoke about the current issues impacting teenagers and the ongoing work of all agencies, how they are working together and how improvements could be implemented.

Jeremy Quin Visits Slinfold Primary School

My last school visit before the first lockdown started, was Slinfold Primary School and it was great to be back to hear how the school adapted during this time.

It was also a pleasure to meet the new headteacher Mr Jowett and to touch base with Sarah, the Chair of Governors.

Jeremy Quin Visits Arunside School

It is great to be able to visit schools again!

I had a great discussion and excellent questions from students at Arunside School, Horsham. 

Schools and the Challenge of "Catch-Up"

Nearly one in four adults in the UK have now received their first dose of a Covid vaccine. I have been pleased to hear from constituents who have had an excellent experience of receiving their vaccine at one of the local centres.

Supporting Our Schools

Covid remains the key focus for us all.  At the time of writing whilst our level of new infections is very low compared to other regions in the country, it is the highest in West Sussex and is rising.

Back To School

It is great to have good news to celebrate and it is truly good news that the whole of Africa is now clear of polio.  This is a triumph of immunisation.  There are only two vaccination campaigns left needing to succeed (in Afghanistan and Pakistan) for polio transmission to have been eradicated g

Congratulations to our A Level Students

Often for this mid-August article I am pleased to be commending A Level students from local schools and Collyers on their (regularly extremely impressive!) grades.  This year this has clearly been clouded by uncertainty.

Remembering Korea

Last Thursday marked the 70th Anniversary of the start of the Korean War - the last involving tens of thousands of British national servicemen.  I was privileged to take part in the commemorations at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire alongside the South Korean Ambassador.