Schools: Nottingham

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 12th July 2017.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham East 11:00 am, 12th July 2017

I am grateful that my hon. Friend has secured this debate. She will know my constituent, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who last year won the BBC young musician of the year contest, as he went to Trinity School, a secondary school in her constituency. He is a great example of the sort of specialism and expertise that young people in our city can achieve. My concern more broadly is that all those specialisms may be sacrificed if the speculated cuts to the funding formula and the changes hit Nottingham schools particularly hard. Can my hon. Friend say a word about why some of those specialist skills among the teaching staff and beyond are so important in our city?