New MP grills Minister on funding for local schools

Bury North MP James Frith took to the floor of the House of Commons this week to challenge Education Secretary Justine Greening on school funding, citing challenges at Derby High School as a result of government cuts.

James questioned the minister during an announcement about increased school funding, the latest government u-turn following a huge campaign by Labour MPs and even some Conservatives.

In his intervention, James said:

"I welcome more funding. Schools such as Derby High in my constituency cannot recruit teaching talent because they face the rising costs of national insurance, an ageing teaching population, the apprenticeship levy and increasing class sizes, and they need new school buildings.

"Will this new money be enough to address these complicated problems? Will it go far enough to provide the enrichment activities that have all but disappeared in schools, with a whole generation of children from 2010 missing out on such activities because of the imposition of austerity by her Government?"

In her response, Education Secretary Justine Greening made an assurance that raising school standards in Bury are important to her. 

James was elected last week as a member of Parliament's influential Education Select Committee, a position he intends to use to hold the government to account and ensure a better deal for schools and young people in Bury and across the country.

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