Low-Performing Areas: Education Funding

Part of Education – in the House of Commons at 2:33 pm on 23rd May 2022.

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Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Secretary of State for Education 2:33 pm, 23rd May 2022

The hon. Gentleman makes some powerful points, but they are completely misguided. He speaks with great passion, but without looking at the evidence before us. The past 12 years demonstrate that schools have been on an improvement journey. When we came into office, only two thirds of schools could achieve a good or outstanding rating; the figure is now 86%. My predecessors’ work on skills has taken investment in the skills agenda up to £3.8 billion. When we talk to teachers and school leaders around the country, they know that the White Paper will deliver great outcomes for every child. We have set our ambitions high for children all over the country; we know how to get there, and we will deliver.