General Election 2019: Derek Thomas on Education

An overwhelming 84% of Cornish schoolchildren now attend a school that is rated either Outstanding or Good, up from 73% in 2010.

That is to the great credit of our passionate and committed teachers and support staff and their high quality of education being delivered is something I have been able to witness first-hand on my regular visits to local schools.

These visits have also given me an insight into how important funding is for a thriving school and I have lobbied hard to deliver fair funding for Cornish schools, most recently arranging for local primary and secondary headteachers to meet the Education Secretary in Penzance.

There is a lot of misinformation claiming that the Government is cutting school funding. Funding has been steadily rising for a number of years but the costs incurred by schools have risen faster.

That is why the 5% increase set for the next academic year is so welcome. Boris Johnson and the Conservatives can deliver the change people want - a strong economy means more school funding and I will continue to work to ensure that the National Funding Formula delivers even more for Cornish schools.