School Funding — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:32 am on 24th October 2018.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Transport) 10:32 am, 24th October 2018

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I congratulate Mrs Main on securing this timely debate.

This is not a boast I want to make, but when I came into this place York was the seventh worst funded authority, and today it is the very worst funded authority. We have exchanged places in the league tables. That is why I am speaking in this debate. Some 18 out of 23 primary schools and two thirds of secondary schools in my constituency have had their funding cut. Like most MPs, I meet with my schools on a regular basis. The crisis in funding has come to the fore. I want the Minister to take away the point that when schools are struggling, the outcomes of those schools are affected.

York has one of the biggest attainment gaps in the country, particularly around early years, and we have seen severe cuts to our primary schools. We are therefore seeing a significant minority underachieving by 10%. The Minister needs to focus on those figures, which correlate with funding.