Bury North MP James Frith has welcomed a decision by Parliament’s Education Select Committee to investigate school and college funding following his calls for an inquiry into the issue.

The committee, of which James is a member, aims to examine whether a longer-term plan is needed for investment in education and what resources are required to ensure schools and colleges get the support they need. The inquiry follows a national campaign against cuts to schools, which will see Bury lose £6.6 million by 2020. 67 Bury headteachers wrote to the Bury Times last week about the funding crisis.

James said:

“I pressed the committee for this inquiry and raised the issue in Parliament and I’m delighted that my colleagues from across all parties agreed that we need to hear evidence and look into the matter further.

Local schools are telling me that they are struggling to keep the lights on while the government and local Conservative councillors claim everything is rosy. The committee will gather evidence from schools and colleges and highlight the real pressures facing our education system.

“I will ensure the voice of Bury’s schools and colleges is heard and keep pushing for fairer funding for our schools and colleges.”


School and college funding inquiry terms of reference – call for written submissions.

The Education Committee invites written submissions by 30 May 2018 on the following issues:

  1. What the Department for Education’s priorities should be for the next Spending Review period as they relate to schools and colleges
  2. Whether the spending review cycle is the best mechanism for determining overall expenditure on schools and colleges, and what that level should be
  3. The effectiveness of targeted funding such as the pupil premium, and its relationship to core education funding
  4. The practical implementation of the national funding formula

Send your submissions to educom@parliament.uk, copying in James on contact@jamesfrith.org.

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