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.  He is also delighted to meet 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 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 fellow 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 other 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:

News

Fair Funding for our Schools

The highest profile way an MP can raise an issue for their constituents is through Prime Minister’s Questions.  I had no hesitation last Wednesday in raising school funding with Mrs May.  This is part of a long campaign which started, literally, the week I was first elected. 

Fair Funding - Where we stand

Because of the hard work of many, we benefit locally from some exceptional schools.  Historically these have been underfunded and I am pleased that the Government's introduction of "Fair Funding" will, overall, help address this.

School Funding Update

West Sussex MPs took the campaign on Fair Funding and Transitional Support to the floor of the Commons this morning with a Westminster Hall debate.

School Funding

I make no apology for returning to the subject of our local schools for the second week in a row.  I referred last week to Fair Funding and it is, quite rightly, receiving a lot of prominence.

Supporting Horsham's Schools

Last week included three very different school “events”.  It was a very happy celebration in St John”s Church when the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton inducted two new local Headteachers:  Mrs Bono to St John’s Catholic School and Mr Field to St Robert Southwell School.  Probably the most critical

Horsham's Exam Successes!

No matter how old we are I suspect we can all remember the grim foreboding before receiving notification of public exam results – the culmination point of years of hard work from students, teachers and in many cases, parents. This is no more true than it is of this year’s GCSE students.

School Funding Update

The new Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, reconfirmed in the House of Commons on Thursday that a New Funding Formula for Schools ("Fair Funding") would be introduced as soon as possible.

Fair Funding and BHS Updates

Only twice has the BBC not broadcast Prime Minister’s Question Time live.  The second occasion was a couple of months ago when they stayed instead with our select committee questioning of the buyer of BHS (for £1), Dominic Chappell.  Sir Philip Green’s appearance also created media interest:  fro