The Secretary of State has no idea about the stress he is causing by delaying the STRB report. This is simply not good enough, when the majority of schools have broken up for the summer and teachers still don’t know what they will be paid in 6 weeks time when they return.
In the life chances session last week, I raised the figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which show that funding for preventative and early intervention services for children and young people have been cut by 60% since 2010.
This government must make a greater commitment to funding these services so that our children and young people can have the best chances in life.
I have raised the issue regarding the delayed release of the School Teachers’ Review Body report for 2018, with the Department for Education. The report has been on the Secretary of State’s desk since May.
Heads and school leaders need to be planning their budgets now, and it is imperative that Damian Hinds releases this report ASAP.
The treatment of a new mum by Government Whips last night was disgraceful, and I believe it is symptomatic of a wider problem, which is that the House is a workplace which is not friendly for those with young families.
I have written to the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care welcoming him to his post, and requesting a meeting to make sure he is fully briefed on the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary campaign, and why the downgrading plans aren’t a viable option for us.
Last Thursday, I questioned the Secretary of State for Transport over the delays, non-accessible platforms, cancelled trains, failed investment and now broken promises about electrification of the Trans-Pennine route.
“It’s not that there aren’t enough teachers, they just don’t want to teach in a regime this Government have created”
This a the comment from a teacher, which I found to be an upsetting reflection of the situation that many teachers across the country are facing. Morale is being battered by this Government’s underfunding and undervaluing of the sector.