Worcester’s MP, Robin Walker, has today welcomed the announcement from the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, that vital funding increases provided for schools in Worcester.
The Government has confirmed schools in Worcestershire will receive on average 4.58% more funding per pupil next year as part of the recent multi-billion investment in primary and secondary education.
Robin has campaigned extensively throughout his time in Parliament to secure a fairer funding for schools in Worcestershire, and indeed across the country. Fairer funding is an area that Robin is extremely passionate about and he was for many years the Vice Chair of the cross-party f40 campaign, which pressed for a better deal for lower funded areas. Robin also served as PPS to former Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, in the last Parliament and helped to keep funding reform high on the agenda.
New figures published today shows how much money is being allocated to schools and local authorities in England next year – with every school getting more money for every child. Robin has hailed the release of this new funding as this commitment ensures that every secondary school pupil will receive a minimum of £5,000 next year and every primary school pupil will receive a minimum of £4,000 by 2021-22; this will reassure parents of the Government’s dedication to deliver the very best education for every child in the United Kingdom.
So, what exactly does this mean for the local area?
For 2020-21, the average per pupil funding for primary schools in Worcester will be £4,123 and per pupil funding for secondary schools is £5,217, with a total funding for all schools of £59,413,362. The extra money, available from April, will ensure that per-pupil funding for all schools can rise at least in line with inflation and will deliver promised gains in full for areas such as Worcestershire which have been historically under-funded.
This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement in August that the budget for schools and high needs would be increased by a total of over £14 billion over three years, rising to £52.2 billion by 2022-23. This new funding includes £780 million in 2020-21 to help children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to reach their potential.
Further education measures set out in recent weeks include a drive to create thousands more good free school places nationwide – plus £4.4 billion committed over the next three years to continue to fund additional pension costs for teachers.
Speaking after the announcement, Robin said:
“I am so happy to see this Government delivering on its promises as soon as is possible; as we have seen this week police numbers continue to rise, pledges to better fund our National Health Service are being rolled out and education spending is set to rise. These are the issues I know matter most to my constituents: their safety, their health and their children.”
“I firmly believe that every child in this country deserves the very best start in life, regardless of socio-economic background. For too long education funding formulas have discriminated against pupils in what became a lottery of postcodes, these changes will ensure equality of opportunity across the city and across the nation.”
“The 4.58% per pupil funding boost next year will mean schools in Worcestershire will receive a budget increase giving teachers, parents and pupils the certainty to plan, and supercharge standards in our schools.”
“I am delighted that fairer funding for schools has been put at the top of the agenda. It is particularly important that this extra money, whilst lifting funding for all schools, focuses on those who need it most.”
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I promised on my first day in Downing Street to make sure every child has equal opportunities to succeed. Because I believe that talent and genius is evenly distributed but so often opportunity is not, and my job is to change this.”
“We’re already delivering on this promise with schools receiving more than £14 billion additional funding over the next three years, meaning every pupil in every school will get more money, and funding across the country will be levelled up.”
“Today we are setting out more detail about how schools across the country will benefit next year. This investment will give schools, teachers and parents the certainty to plan, helping further improve standards and ensure our children and young people get a truly world-class education.”
Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson said:
“Our schools do a brilliant job and I want parents and teachers to know that we’ve listened to them and are investing in our children’s futures. That’s why this Government has announced the biggest funding boost for schools in a decade which will give every school more money for every child – with the biggest increases going to the schools that need it most.”
“I recognise the pressures schools have faced and want them and parents to be safe in the knowledge that all children can get the top-quality education they deserve in classrooms across the country. Our continuing investment in education, coupled with a bold reform agenda and the work of Ofsted will supercharge the ongoing rise in school standards.”
Notes to Editors
For more information on the School Funding Announcement, please see:
For Robin’s Previous Statement on School Funding, please see: