Fairer funding for schools

On Wednesday ¬†we debated the government’s proposals for fairer funding for schools. The Conservative Manifesto drew attention to the large gap between the best financed and worst financed state schools and promised action to provide fairer and more balanced levels of funding. The scheme includes a higher individual pupil amount that will be the same across the country, with continued additional payments for areas of deprivation, rural areas and other matters increasing the costs of education.

I raised with the Minister the question of how far the rebalancing would go. The Wokingham and West Berkshire schools have been short changed for many years by the old formula and need several years of increments to put things right.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Narrow Shoulders
    Posted January 27, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    About time.

    Right on young things are being paid extra to teach in inner cities which then claim credit for the improvement the extra funds inevitably bring.

    Paying schools exactly the same per pupil with additional deprivation criteria is much fairer. Let’s see the right on young things take a pay cut or take on further responsibility to maintain their payments.

    Additionally remove the English as an additional language payments to schools for those whose parents arrived voluntarily. Moving countries carries costs, educating your children in the destination country’s native language should be one of them. Parents not taxpayers should pay.

  2. alan jutson
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    It seems despite your efforts John, most Local Schools are saying their funding per student has been cut, and they are getting far less than used to be the case.

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