RORY OBTAINS ASSURANCES FROM SCHOOLS MINISTER IN “VERY CONSTRUCTIVE MEETING”
Following a recent meeting with representatives of Penrith’s primary schools and the Cumbrian representative of the National Association of Head Teachers, Graham Frost, Rory Stewart has taken their concerns with a group of other Cumbria MPs to parliament, meeting this week with the Schools Minister Nick Gibb to discuss Cumbria’s unique needs.
In conversation with the Minister Rory raised the pressures that many teachers face, the funding environment and the particular needs of small rural schools.
In an hour-long meeting, the Schools Minister went through the figures on dozens of different Cumbrian schools. He explained that thanks to campaigns from MPs for rural areas, including Rory Stewart and other Cumbrian MPs, the new funding formula recognised the pressures of being in a remote rural setting, and that as a whole, the new funding formula would benefit Cumbrian schools in comparison to other areas in the country.