This week I met with the National Education Union this week in Parliament to hear what more the UK Government could do to support education in Wales.
Although education budgets are set by the Welsh Government their funding is determined by the UK Government. Figures given to me at the meeting demonstrated that 42% of schools in Delyn have suffered UK Government cuts to per pupil funding since 2015. This has resulted in an annual funding shortfall from 2015/16 – 2018/19 of £704,782.
The Welsh Government needs sufficient resources to support every school to succeed. There needs to be adequate money in the pot from Westminster to properly fund schools in Wales. Read more “Westminster funding for Wales”
My report into prison education in Wales has been published today (21 March 2019) and makes key recommendations on how outcomes can be improved for offenders in Wales.
I was requested by the former Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Baroness Eluned Morgan AM, to undertake a review in August 2018 into prison education in Wales.
The recommendations contained within the report are predominantly directed at the Welsh Government and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), but other public-sector bodies and privately-run prisons can take note of these recommendations to improve education within our prisons.
The report made recommendations on the following topics:
• Accountability Structures;
• Inclusivity with Stakeholders;
• Social Clauses: The Welsh Government’s Employment Power
• Through the Gate Services;
• Female Offender Education; and
• Digital Infrastructure. Read more “Prison Education in Wales report”
I am encouraging all children in Delyn to take part in World Book Day 2019 by delving into a book from a local library or school and for parents to spend time reading to their child.
World Book Day 2019 takes place on Thursday 07 March 2019 and is the biggest campaign on the planet to offer every child and young person the opportunity to read and love books.
Sadly, studies show that reading for pleasure is in decline and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, more than parents’ educational background or their income. Read more “World Book Day 2019”
The announcement over the weekend that the UK Government will be spending £50 million to allow selective grammar schools expanded in England is a flawed idea and one that just deepens divides in society; doing nothing to ensure we have equal opportunity.
Proudly we have no selective schools in Wales, but it does raise the question of any funding that we will receive. Under the Barnett Formula, any monies spent in England must be replicated in budgets to the devolved administrations. That is why I pushed for Flintshire schools to get their fair share of investment following this move.
The minister was not able to give assurances showing how the UK Government is not concerned about the future of education in Delyn.