Schools Funding

We all know that schools in West Sussex receive less funding than other areas in the country, which has resulted in school budgets being strained and savings having to be found. 

As you know, I have been working with my West Sussex parliamentary colleagues to lobby the Secretary of State for Education for additional funding for West Sussex schools. I am pleased that our lobbying resulted in a new funding formula which secured additional funding for West Sussex. However the changes still left West Sussex unfairly funded compared to other regions and so the fight continues. 

It is really important to have real life examples of the struggles that schools are facing in order to be able to show the Secretary of State for Education exactly what is happening in our schools and to make him aware of the urgency of the matter. With this in mind, I organised a series of roundtable meetings for the Chairs of Governors earlier in the summer to discuss the school funding situation. I am particularly grateful for those governors and heads who subsequently sent me more detailed information about the impact budget constraints are having on your school as requested. 

Please do feel free to contact me on this issue. It is critical we all work together - schools, governors, teachers, parents, MPs and councillors - to ensure we get the best deal for West Sussex children. 

Below you can find the most recent news articles that are related to schools funding.


School Funding

Starting my election campaign with my number 1 priority locally - school funding.

Nursery School Update

Away from Brexit and the General Election, we had some excellent and incredibly welcome news yesterday that Maintained Nursery Schools have been allocated additional supplementary funding for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Queen's Speech

When people voted in the EU referendum, they voted for a better future for this country. But years of delay and indecision by politicians means the change they hoped for hasn’t yet been delivered.

Comprehensive Spending Review

“School funding is probably the number one issue for my constituents, and for too long, I’m afraid schools in West Sussex have been too far near the bottom of the pile - that is going to change”.

Thank a Teacher Day and PMQs

On Thank a Teacher Day, I pay tribute to all the teachers across East Worthing and Shoreham. I also expressed concern in PMQs that a recent Department for Education report showed that children in coastal areas achieve lower grades than elsewhere.

School Funding Debate.

"A secondary academy in my constituency has had to narrow the curriculum on offer to cut costs. The school is unable to meet the demand for counselling—there is currently a four-month waiting list. A small primary school is reducing swimming lessons and music lessons.

Education Funding Debate

My speech from Monday's education funding debate, where I talk about the long-term funding issues that schools in West Sussex have encountered. 

Maintained Nursery Schools Update

Great news for Boundstone and other maintained nurseries today - the Government will extend the supplementary funding paid to local authorities - by a sum of approximately £24 million - to enable them to fully-fund maintained nursery schools for the whole of the 2019/2020 academic year.