As reported in the Barnsley Gazette on 11th May, has forced the Government to admit the Education Secretary has not visited a nursery, school, or college in South Yorkshire.
The revelation came in response to a parliamentary question submitted by the local Barnsley MP.
In their response, the Government admitted their Education Secretary Damian Hinds MP has failed to make a single visit to South Yorkshire.
Appointed at the turn of the year, the Minister in charge of the country’s education system has made a solitary trip to the whole of Yorkshire – to visit a nursery in Bedale.
Barnsley East’s Stephanie Peacock – a former teacher who even before her election brought Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary to visit Barnsley’s schools – claimed following the admission it’s no surprise the Government is out-of-touch with the problems facing schools in Barnsley and South Yorkshire.
“Our schools are facing unprecedented pressure with budgets slashed, resources cut, and teachers leaving the profession in droves.
“Yet how would the Education Secretary have any idea how this is affecting schools here in Barnsley when he has failed to make a single visit to the region?
“The Minister is welcome to come and see the damage his Government’s appalling obsession with austerity is doing to Barnsley’s schools, but given his record I won’t hold my breath.
“This is just another example of an out-of-touch Tory Government ignoring people here in Barnsley.”