Rob invites headteachers to meet Minister for Schools at Westminster

Rob organises delegation of headteachers to meet Minister for Schools at Westminster

Rob Wilson MP has arranged for a delegation of headteachers from Reading East to join him at Westminster to meet with the Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP.

The meeting, which will take place later this month, follows the publication last year of the White Paper and second-stage consultation on the new national funding formula for schools across England.

Having already protected the schools budget in real terms since 2010 and for the rest of this Parliament – with a record spend this year of over £40 billion – the Government is now seeking to end the disparity in the system whereby some local authority areas are underfunded in comparison with their neighbours. The consultation was launched in December 2016 and runs until 22nd March 2017.

Following discussions with a number of headteachers about the proposed reforms, Rob is determined to ensure that schools in Reading East have access to objective and accurate information about the formula itself and school funding more generally.

A dozen primary and secondary headteachers have been nominated by their colleagues to attend the meeting later this month, and in addition to school funding, will be discussing the recruitment and retention of the brightest and best teachers for Reading East.

Commenting on the forthcoming meeting, Rob said: “This is not the first time I’ve invited a delegation of headteachers to Westminster, but they always prove to be useful visits and I’m grateful to the Minister for Schools for agreeing to my request.

“This will enable the Minister to discuss with headteachers the White Paper and consultation on fairer funding, which aims to end the postcode lottery where schools in some local authority areas are underfunded by virtue of geographical location.

“It will also provide the opportunity to address school funding more generally, with the meeting coming against the backdrop of headline-chasing and scaremongering on the part of Labour Councillors in Reading East. They seem intent on circulating fundamentally misleading statistics about school funding, ignoring completely that the funding each school receives relates directly to the number of pupils it educates. As pupil numbers grow, so does the funding. This misrepresentation serves only to worry schools and parents.

“Whilst this approach may suit some, my own is rather more constructive and responsible. I’m determined to work alongside schools in my constituency to continually improve the standard of education in Reading East and deliver the very best outcomes for children and young people.  The meeting with the Minister is an important part of this process.”