Rushanara Ali MP warns the government not to turn back the clock on London’s education success story

Rushanara Ali MP spoke in a debate in the Chamber to raise her concerns about changes to a new national funding formula for schools. She asked the Minister to confirm if these proposals would mean a £260 million pound cut to schools in London.  

Rushanara said:

“Despite the challenges faced by London schools including the highest child poverty levels in the country, London local authorities have worked tirelessly to transform schools. Under the last Labour Government, schools in Tower Hamlets rose from the bottom of the national league tables, to being some of the country’s best in a city with nine out of 10 schools good or outstanding.

“Changes to the funding formula puts at risk the achievement of London schools that has taken a generation to reach. We must look at how to build on the achievements of cities such as London by levelling up funding, rather than setting regions against one another. We must not punish schools for being successful.”