School Funding

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:55 pm on 25th January 2017.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee 5:55 pm, 25th January 2017

I will not give way.

Nine maintained schools across Wakefield district are projected to be in deficit by 31 March, which means increased class sizes, subjects dropped from the curriculum, pupils with special educational needs and disabilities losing vital support, and teacher vacancies left unfilled.

There will also be a very worrying impact on special educational needs. At the moment, there is some flexibility to move money around and to move it into the high needs block. Under the new formula, there will be disruption and uncertainty around special needs funding for cities such as Wakefield. The funds are simply not enough for children in our city who need that extra support.