ISHERWOOD: MINISTER QUESTIONED OVER FUNDING FOR HIGHER BAND SCHOOLS IN NORTH EAST WALES PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 February 2012 10:31

 

NORTH Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, has questioned the Education Minister over funding for higher band schools in North East Wales under his new school banding system.

Speaking in the Assembly Chamber this week, Mr Isherwood asked whether it is true that Welsh Government officials told the North-East Wales Headteachers’ Conference that funding for schools in bands 1 and 2 will be reduced in order to increase funding for those in lower bands.

 

He said: “If so, what discussions have you had subsequent to your last response to me that regional school improvement services would  provide appropriate support to schools in the upper bands to maintain their performance?”

The Minister, Leighton Andrews, stressed that local authorities and the consortia have a responsibility to support all of their schools.

He said: “They may decide that they have to prioritise support to schools in lower bands to enable them to reach the floor targets they should be reaching. We certainly would not expect them to not provide advice and support to schools that are in higher bands.”

Mr Isherwood added “I regret that I am still none the wiser as to what the Minister’s officials did or did not say to the North East Wales Headteachers’ Conference”.

 

 

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