Schools funding crisis needs to be “sorted now”, two Wycombe parliamentary candidates have urged – after Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Bucks to announce an education cash boost.

The Prime Minister visited Beaconsfield’s St Mary and All Saints C of E Primary School in Maxwell Road following an announcement from the government that an extra £7.1 billion is to be invested into school spending by 2023/23.

During his visit Mr Johnson admitted to the Bucks Free Press in an exclusive interview that some schools have fallen “too far behind” due to under-funding.

Labour parliamentary for High Wycombe Khalil Ahmed suggested that the Prime Minister should have visited Cressex Community School, which has been forced to close each Friday in response to cuts.

He said: “Buckinghamshire would be better served by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, visiting a school that has been hit hard by Conservative education cuts.

“Cressex Community School has been forced to cut teaching hours by loss of funding.

“The Prime Minister should be visiting teachers and students there to get a real picture of where money needs to be injected into the school system.”

Mr Johnson’s visit was also criticised by the Lib Dems parliamentary candidate and local teacher, Toni Brodelle.

Mrs Brodelle is also the spokesperson for Bucks Together for Education and claimed that the funding is “nowhere near what is required”.

She said: “The funding proposed by the Conservative government is a start, but it goes nowhere near what is required to make up for the cuts in per pupil funding since 2015.

In fact, research by the National Education Union shows that 83 per cent of our schools will still have less money per pupil in 2020 in real terms than they did when the cuts began to bite in 2015.

“As a teacher, I know how incredibly hard these cuts have been for our schools to bear and children with additional needs, who often require specialised teaching and resources, are some of the worst hit.

“These cuts are not taking away luxuries from our children, they are taking away the absolute basics that our children need in order to be able to access the curriculum and achieve to the best of their ability.

“My message to Prime Minister Johnson is clear - if you are serious about investing in our young people, we need the money now, not in two, three of five years’ time. We can’t afford to wait any longer. We need to sort the funding crisis out now.”