MP hits out at prime minister over early school closures

As reported by the BBC, a Birmingham MP has invited the prime minister to pick up her son, as his school can no longer afford to stay open on Friday afternoons

With more and more schools opting to finish early on Fridays in order to cut costs, one MP has hit out at the prime minister over the situation.

Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, tweeted that the school her son attends now intends to cut its hours and may cut provisions entirely for SEND pupils.

The school could may also reduce its teacher numbers and rearrange pupils’ timetables, though it “deeply regrets” that is has to make any change at all.

In response, Phillips openly invited Theresa May to collect her son school from school as “his school can’t afford to stay open”.

She tweeted: ‘I’d like to once again invite @theresa_may to come to my constituency, if she could come on a Friday and pick my son up from school at 1pm as his school can’t afford to stay open. In fact I think I’ll leave him on the steps of @10DowningStreet’

A Department for Education spokesperson said changes to a school’s day needed to be reasonable, with parents consulted.

“While there is more money going into our schools than ever before, we recognise the budgeting challenges schools face and that we are asking them to do more,” they said.

“That’s why we’re supporting schools and head teachers, and their local authorities, to make the most of every pound.”

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