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The Education Secretary says funding for schools in Lichfield and Burntwood is making “a real difference”.

Gavin Williamson made his comments after being questioned by Michael Fabricant MP in the House of Commons.

The Conservative MP for Lichfield said Staffordshire had been “right at the bottom of the pool” in terms of funding for pupils.

But Mr Williamson said the Government was committed to improving funding levels.

“Schools are enjoying an 8.2% cash increase, as well as an over 5% increase in the constituency of Lichfield.

“This is certainly something very much to be welcomed, and it’s making a real difference.

“What we are seeing is not just extra money going in, but in terms of the money that we are investing in terms of teacher quality, teacher training, and making sure that the basic starting salary of new teachers is going to be increased to £30,000, making it one of the most competitive graduate packages out there in the marketplace, attracting the very best into the profession.”

Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary

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15 replies on “Education Secretary says school funding is making "a real difference" in Lichfield and Burntwood”

  1. If the work you are doing is vocational and you have the suitable personality the chances are you will prove to be very successful and worthwhile. The ‘human’ aspect of public services are often overlooked. Of recent years there has been a plethora of new style degrees. For the provenance of such you should refer to the education act of the nineteen sixties. This has increased the qualification for many types of work; teaching and nursing amongst them. It would be nice to think this has improved overall quality but I have my doubts. More attractive salaries might not bring the ‘very best’ into a profession. A more mercenary motive might be implied.
    With the advent of academy schools my cynical disposition fears that where the money end up is the prime consideration.

  2. I am not sure that in 2020 80% of schools in England will get less funding in real terms – per pupil – than they did in 2015 is much of a good news story.

  3. The spend per pupil will still be very low in Staffordshire. As I understand it, during 20/21 we’ll still very near the bottom of the pool at 127th out of 149 education authorities.

    Michael Fabricant appears to have been complaining about this problem since 2003 (possibly longer) to no effect whatsoever.

    Does he have ANY influence as an MP?

    I note he is currently listed as a member of only one select committee, one concerned with “the services provided for Members, their staff and visitors by the House of Commons Services”. So, basically caretaking, cleaning and catering! I think that might be the measure of his influence at Westminster.

    Lichfield needs a young, intelligent, energetic, sensible MP who can actually influence the government to the benefit of constituents.

  4. Mark my Words, my mum’s favourite phrase, haha. Yes, Lichfield needs a young, vibrant, energetic, imaginative and courageous Member of Parliament to serve Lichfield’s purposes best. Fighting Lichfield’s cause. It’s such a pity Mr Fabricant does appear to be impotent within his own Party Leadership as I have already stated elsewhere on these fabulously ‘Live’ pages. I wonder why?

  5. Unless of course there is an older person who does have the drive, energy, imagination, commitment and wherewithal to work for the needs of Lichfield people as well as being a member of a National Committee. I am not discounting that this is also a possibility.

  6. This feels like typical government guff, unsubstantiated claims which are normally off the back of severe cuts, negating any gain, such is the smoke and mirrors of modern politics.

    Schools continue to beg for money and chase academy status as it is perceived to solve their financial woes. I find it hard to believe that this is ‘new’ money, but we shall see when the new academic year starts, will there be the usual letter asking for a monetary “gift” for the school?

  7. Empathise with you Overton Lane. Please accept that when I speak about Lichfield City I mean the City including the surrounding areas of which the City is comprised.

  8. Any road up whatever happened to the £350 million supposedly for the NHS. Has it disappeared. If so where. Down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland I suppose.

  9. “school funding is making “a real difference” in Lichfield and Burntwood”, says Gavin Williamson, the proven Cabinet ‘leaker’ of his own Tory PM Theresa May, now on the front bench. What a traitor and hypocrite. I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him. Ain’t that the truth. Pupils aren’t the priority. It is business as usual. Fitting square pegs into round holes comes to mind. The problem with this ideology is that after purchasing one of the homes on the numerous newly built estates, the cost of such leaves very little remaining income to spend on anything else. So any other businesses will ultimately suffer which is exactly what is happening. And what with all the imported unsanitory cheap food from the USA we hereby see the demise of the UK. Signing the death warrant. Exactly what happens when you are an imbecile up your own ass.

  10. The fact that the Johnson Government, aided and abetted by Gavin Williamson, paid £1.4million to a networking company owned by a friend of Johnson, proves where it’s loyalties lie. Not with the ordinary British citizen, but his millionaire, billionaire mates. Remember Gavin Williamson is now on his front bench. Nuff said.

  11. There is extra money coming into local schools – though not special schools – but at the same time they are having to fund extra staffing costs in the form of higher starting salaries (to rescue dire recruitment to the profession – which has a knock-on) and increased pension costs. The real impact will be a long, long way below the headlines, and with schools picking up the gaps caused by cuts elsewhere, resources will remain very tight. It was good to hear Gavin Williamson say it was having an impact – wonder which local school he spoke to who told him that ?
    A step in the right direction and – though this isn’t a good forum to say it – Michael Fabricant has consistently chased up on school funding.
    I am sure schools will try and find the best way they can – they mostly are at the moment.

  12. 20 Overton Lane, you are so right on about older people. That’s why I amended my comment to include that. Experience counts!! More than most realise. Having been managed at age 60 by the new and up and coming young I know this as fact. Having had to train and support these young managers while doing my own job made doing my own job even more difficult without any increase in pay. Most weren’t cut out for it have to say. Experience comes from a lifetime of learning. Us oldsters have the wisdom of the age inside of us. Time will tell. Mark my Words as my mum used to say.

  13. The whole education system needs to be rethought. Variety is the spice of life. Same with education and vocation. People need money in their pockets to spend. No use offering funds for small businesses if people haven’t money to spend on their products or services. Income and outgoings need to keep pace. Where there is a will there is a way.

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