School Funding Plans

Fiona Bruce arranges for Headteachers and Council Leader to meet Schools Minister in Parliament on School Funding plans

Following her strong speech in the House of Commons (attached) just before Christmas challenging the Government to rethink the proposed new formula for school funding, Fiona Bruce arranged for a delegation of Headteachers from Congleton, Sandbach and Alsager to speak directly to Schools Minister Nick Gibb MP about the impact of these proposals on local schools.
The meeting was joined by Rachel Bailey, Leader of Cheshire East Council, Jacky Forster, Director of Education at Cheshire East and MPs David Rutley Macclesfield and Antoinette Sandbach Eddisbury.
Fiona Bruce MP saidThe potential impact of these proposals putting schools in my constituency and the wider Cheshire East area at the bottom of the schools funding league table if they go ahead, required immediate challenge to Government to go back to the drawing board and rethink them, which is why I arranged this delegation and why the majority of High School Heads in my constituency travelled to London to the meeting this week with the Schools Minister.”
Fiona continuedThe length of time the Schools Minister gave to the meeting – far longer than usual for a Ministerial meeting – and the manner in which he listened intently and agreed to work further with local Headteachers on essential pupil funding levels, shows that there is a case to answer for reviewing these proposals. The meeting was a constructive start to making a case on behalf of pupils and schools here in the Congleton Constituency and wider Cheshire East area.”
She added “There is a Government consultation about these proposals which I urge local people are urged to contribute to. Visit https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula2/

The consultation deadline is 22nd March.” 
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