• School funding crisis

    Conor met with secondary and special school headteachers from across the borough to hear about the impacts of the schools funding crisis in St Helens.

    The meeting, which was hosted at St Cuthbert’s School, was also a chance to catch-up about local developments in education, and to hear about some of the great achievements of our schools and young people.

    But the Government’s refusal to properly fund our schools is having a direct impact on teaching and learning, with a number of teachers facing redundancy and class sizes being increased.

    As a result of the Government’s failure to raise the pupil premium, there are now fewer subjects on offer at some schools.

    The frustration of our local headteachers and teachers – who work hard and want pupils to have the best education – is clear to see. The Government needs to act now and ensure schools in St Helens are properly funded.