BBC reporter Charlie Stayt is being praised for grilling the Conservative minister for schools after over 7,000 headteachers wrote a letter to parents about a “funding crisis” facing schools in England. The Independent reports
Nick Gibb appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about the government’s education plans and funding for schools.
Gibb talked about providing national buying schemes to help deal with the cost of energy, computers and “so on” and providing school resource advisors to focus on budget for the schools that need it.
In addition, he added that the government decided to tackle the “historic budget deficit” by “prioritising five -16 education,” which he admitted meant that “there is a squeeze on post-16 spending.”
He added that the government is “giving more money for every pupil in every school” and are “distributing funding in a fairer way” – for students between the ages of five and 16.
He also cited figures that suggested the deficit was down from 10 per cent of GDP and two per cent of GDP this year.
“You seem to be lost in a world of statistics,” Stayt began, before launching into a thorough take-down of the Tory minister for schools.
People praised Stayt for his sustained challenging of the minister on Twitter.
Excellent journalism – an essential part of the democratic process holding such delusional ministers to account. Well done, Charlie Stayt!
Terrific interview Charlie – made him squirm – quite rightly.
Watch some of the interview Charlie Stayt ‘savages’ Tory Minister for Schools Nick Gibb over cuts – and it’s a must-see
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