In the final Prime Minister’s Questions of the Parliament, Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, challenged the Government’s cuts to per pupil funding in Southampton schools.
According to figures from the House of Commons Library, current Government policies mean that school funding in Southampton has fallen by £475 per pupil (10.2%) in real terms since 2010-2011 – a drop in funding equivalent to the loss of 359 teachers in schools across the city by 2020.
Speaking today in the House of Commons, Alan Whitehead MP asked Theresa May what immediate action she proposes to address this crisis.
Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, said:
Schools in Southampton are already suffering from this catastrophic pupil funding regime. I’ve heard of one school in the city where parents are volunteering to clean school toilets because the cleaning budget has been cut to try to protect teaching jobs in the school. Action to deal with this crisis is needed now, not waffle about reviewing funding formulas for the future.