Speaking in debate on education funding in London

Last week I spoke in a debate in the House of Commons about the future of education funding in London.

Under government proposals schools in Barking and Dagenham could be set to lose out on thousands of pounds of funding despite the unique challenges we face in our Borough.

Each year we have a large turnover of children changing schools which means that instead of teaching 30 children, our brilliant teachers have 40 children in their class each year.

These children have to be supported into their new school, their education to date has to be quickly assessed and teachers have to put in the time to address any gaps in their learning.

Clearly our schools need more money to support these children moving schools.

I will continue to fight in Parliament for a fairer schools funding deal for our children in Barking and Dagenham.

You can watch my short intervention in the debate below: