Last night, I got the chance to talk about my favourite subject - education. I think I got a bit carried away because I ended up getting told off by the Deputy Speaker for going on for too long!
The debate was an Estimates Day debate, which is basically a chance for MPs to debate and agree the Government's spending plans. With the upcoming change in leadership, there's a huge opportunity to make education a key priority so I wanted to make the case for additional funding for schools across Nottinghamshire.
I spoke about the fact that school funding is the most prominent education issue, and raised my concerns that there is not enough funding available for schools.
In particular, special educational needs (SEN) provision needs to be looked at, which is something I have been working on as part of my work on the Education Select Committee. SEN provision impacts on schools' core budgets as schools are expected to fund the first £6,000 for pupils with SEN. These costs quickly add up, particularly if a school has a good reputation for delivering excellent and inclusive education for those pupils, as more children with SEN will be attracted to that school.
I also managed to talk about my recent visit to the Brunts Academy during School Sports Week. I praised the proactive work of the Academy in encouraging students to take part in extra-curricular opportunities.