School Funding

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:36 pm on 25th January 2017.

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Photo of Simon Hoare Simon Hoare Conservative, North Dorset 5:36 pm, 25th January 2017

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Back in the summer, I convened a roundtable of all the headteachers and chairs of governors at my schools. They said that the key thing was the recruitment and retention of teachers, and that the heart of the problem was the inequity in funding and the lack of a formula that recognises rural sparsity and the additional costs that such schools face.