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Education Investment

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th January 2018.

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Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Conservative, Redditch 12:00 am, 16th January 2018

What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the effect of Government investment in education on pupil outcomes since 2010.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

We are investing a record £41 billion in our schools this year. For the first time ever, we are putting in place a fair national funding formula. We are seeing standards rising. In the recent Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, we saw England score its highest ever score in reading.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Conservative, Redditch

Thanks to the incredible hard work of staff, children and parents in Redditch, 92% of our secondary schools are currently rated outstanding. Receiving a great education in maths is critical to equipping children in Redditch for future jobs in the economy. What financial support is the Treasury giving to enable our children in Redditch to have that education?

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

My hon. Friend is absolutely right that maths is vital for the future of our economy. We know there is huge demand for people with science, technology, engineering and maths skills, which is why at the Budget we allocated a £600 maths premium that schools will receive for every student who does maths from age 16 to 18.