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Funding (Hexham)

Volume 513: debated on Monday 12 July 2010

13. What recent representations he has received on funding for schools in Hexham constituency; and if he will make a statement. (6968)

We have received just one representation on the subject of school funding from a school in Hexham. We will bring forward our proposals for school funding in due course.

Schools in the Hexham constituency in rural Northumberland all complain of a funding shortfall that was dramatic under the previous Government. What assurances will the Minister give me and the teachers in that particular school that this imbalance will be changed?

I am only too well aware of many of the discrepancies in the system that prevailed for far too many years under the previous Government. I am aware that Hexham middle school in my hon. Friend’s constituency has raised concerns about problems in tackling rural deprivation and sparsity of population that have not been dealt with in the past. That is one area that we will be looking at, and the pupil premium will be a priority in ensuring that we recognise deprivation and have effective measures to deal with it.