Funding cuts to our schools is an issue Tracy cares deeply about and has fought vociferously since she became an MP. Schools across Batley and Spen will have lost almost £4.5 million in real terms funding by 2020.
Tracy Brabin MP said: “Here in Batley and Spen we have some fantastic schools who are working incredibly hard to deliver against this backdrop of cuts – but there is only so much they can take.
“These cuts are putting unbelievable pressure on teachers, headteachers and support staff and putting our children’s futures at risk.
“Increased funding for schools is desperately needed to relieve this pressure and to safeguard our children’s education.
“Shrinking budgets, increasing costs and demands, reduced staffing and a flawed funding formula are leading us towards a crisis in our schools – and this Government is sleepwalking straight into it.
“It is time for the Government to listen to the dire warnings, face facts and properly fund one of the most important parts of our society.”
Tracy has spoken out about the issue in Parliament many times, written to the Secretary of State for Education based on feedback received from local headteachers and has campaigned for fairer funding for our schools throughout her time as an MP.
Ms Brabin regularly visits schools and nurseries across the constituency and, almost without fail, is told by staff that cuts are having a real impact.
As the Shadow Minister for Early Years, Tracy Brabin also does a lot of work in the early years sector and has been a vocal critic of the underfunding of the Government’s 30 hours ‘free’ childcare policy.
Ms Brabin also campaigned successfully for the 30 hours childcare scheme to be extended to foster carers.