Gordon has met up with local head and vice-president of the National Association of Head Teachers Andy Mellor at Westminster to discuss concerns about Government funding as well as other local education issues.
Andy Mellor (pictured), who is the head at St Nicholas Primary in Blackpool, was down in Parliament for the lobby by NAHT (who represent nearly 30,000 school leaders across the UK) to highlight in advance of the Chancellor's November 22nd Budget the looming crisis in school budgets which has seen £2.8 billion cut away from them by the Government since 2015.
Gordon said: "It was good to catch up with Andy - I know both him and St Nicholas well from past visits - it's a great, innovative school, not least for its community involvement of the pupils, especially on green and sustainable issues. What Andy and teachers across Blackpool are now worrying about - and I as a Shadow Education Minister am acutely aware of this crisis across England - is the continued failure of Theresa May's Government to fill the hole created in school budgets created since April 2015. Real terms funding per pupil has fallen and the independent National Audit Office has estimated that will represent an 8% cut by 2020.
"Unless the Chancellor on Budget Day does something about what I, teachers and Labour's front bench have been saying about these funding gaps, then I'm afraid our Opportunity Area status in Blackpool, which our pupils and families desperately need to benefit from, will start off with one hand tied behind its back."