Video: David Drew MP raises school funding at PMQs
I make no apology for education dominating my diary this week; meeting 100 Gloucestershire school governors on Saturday, the School Funding debate on Monday and Prime Minister’s Questions today.
Inadequate funding for Special Educational Needs (SEN) is affecting ALL our children, because schools now have to fund extra support out of core budgets. Schools which aim to be inclusive are hit hardest.
So today, in Prime Minister’s Questions, I asked for SEN funding to come ring-fenced from government and not be taken from school budgets. Theresa May told me to talk to my local authority, Gloucestershire County Council - the same authority with a £4.7 million special-needs black hole, whose Cabinet Member for Young People wrote to me raising his grave concerns about funding for SEN with government, and whose staff say the situation for SEN funding is “serious and challenging.”
Perhaps she should talk to them first.