MP meets with Cheshire East schools over funding question

Tatton MP George Osborne called a meeting of Cheshire East school heads and governors from within the Tatton constituency to discuss proposed changes to the National Funding Formula for schools.

The meeting was held at Wilmslow High School and attended by James Pulle (Head teacher of Wilmslow High School) and Mike Cladingbowl (Head teacher of Knutsford Academy), together with the head teachers or Governors from their feeder primary schools.

The discussions centred on the concerns about school funding in Cheshire East. The Department for Education is consulting on the initial proposals until 22nd March. You can take part in the consultation by using this web link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/schools-national-funding-formula-stage-2

George said “Everyone wants to see a fairer and more transparent way of funding schools. It can’t be right that almost identical schools, with pupils from similar backgrounds, get wildly different sums of money. The key challenge is to get the detail right. Having listened to and met with heads, governors and parents about the impact on the detailed formula in Cheshire, I appreciate their very real concerns. I am determined that the voice of Cheshire schools will be heard.”

“Nothing is finalised yet. A Government consultation is under way. The strength and weight of voices in these government consultations can make a real difference so I would urge everyone to take part.”

“I will work with the other local MPs to make sure the case for Cheshire is properly considered. We will then await the results of the consultation and once we know where we stand – we can plan our next step.”