The Labour Party used an Opposition Day debate on Tuesday (13 November) to challenge the government on school funding. The debate also saw several Conservative MPs highlight the funding pressures affecting schools in their constituencies.
Liberal Democrat spokesperson for education, Layla Moran, is a governor at a primary school in Oxford and spoke about the difficult staffing decisions her governing board had made to cope with financial constraints. Several MPs raised particular concern about high needs funding for pupils with special educational needs, often following being approached by constituents concerned about the support available for their child.
In Education Questions on Monday (12 November), ministers acknowledged that post-16 funding is a particular area of pressure and said that this would be kept in mind ahead of the comprehensive spending review next year. In response to concerns about maintained nursery school funding, ministers urged governors and local authorities not to make any hasty decisions about their future ahead of the spending review.
Many MPs from all political parties spoke about their visits to schools in their constituency. For governing boards who want to make their voices heard regarding school funding could invite their MP to school to see the effects of funding pressures for themselves.