MP pushes for fairer funding for schools

Sir James Paice
Sir James Paice

Sir James Paice, MP for south east Cambridgeshire has been in discussions with the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, about improving funding for schools in the area.

Sir James was joined at the meeting on Tuesday, January 13, by head teachers of all the secondary schools in south east Cambridgeshire and by Lucy Frazer, the Conservative candidate for South East Cambridgeshire.

The meeting was intended to push for more funding for Cambridgeshire schools which, due to a cap on funding, are amongst the lowest funded, per pupil, in the UK.

Sir James said, “This is an absolutely critical issue for our local schools who are simply seeking a level playing field in terms of funding.

“We have been languishing at the bottom of the funding table for too long. Our schools could do better if they were funded at a level more comparable with schools in other counties.”

All the Head Teachers expressed their concern at the effect that underfunding had had upon their schools, and voiced their frustration at the disparity between their available resources in comparison with schools in other counties.

Lucy Frazer said: “I have been into many schools in the area. We are lucky to have some of the most skilled teachers in the country and some incredibly able students. I will be lobbying continuously for a fairer funding formula to ensure that Cambridgeshire children get the best possible education.”