Schools cuts campaign update: calling for an urgent meeting with the Education Secretary

I have demanded a meeting with the Education Secretary to discuss schools cuts in Croydon and beyond.

Today the Queen has formally opened Parliament, meaning Parliament can get back to work. While Theresa May delayed us with ongoing negotiations with the DUP, I have been working on one of my campaign priorities: speaking to teachers, headteachers and students about the importance of education and fighting cuts to Croydon schools.

Speaking to students at Park Hill Junior School

On Friday I visited Park Hill Juniors, and Arc Oval Primary. I spoke to teachers who were so worried about funding cuts and how they would impact on their students. Then I spoke to schoolchildren who had such hope for the future. We cannot betray that hope.

Today, on the first day of the new Parliament, I have written to the Secretary of State for Education formally requesting a meeting to discuss schools funding.


0002_(1).jpgMy letter to the Secretary of State for Education

We must listen to those who know best: today headteachers themselves have been forced to write to millions of families warning that their "cash-starved" schools are going to be forced to cut teaching staff and subject choices.


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 I will be pushing the Education Secretary hard to look again at the unfair National Funding Formula for education, to ensure no child's education will lose out in the coming years.

I promised to oppose these unfair cuts during my campaign and I will be fight ing tooth and nail across this parliament until schools in Croydon and beyond get their fair share.

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