More money for local schools

The government has today published the figures for increased money for schools in 2024-5 by constituency under the National Funding Formula. The local Education Authority decides the final allocations by school.

Wokingham sees an increase of 7.2%, one of the larger increases, to a total of £107 m for its schools. Wokingham can afford more than the £4655 minimum for each  primary pupil and £6050 for secondary pupils laid down by the government with money for 5% above these figures.

There will also  be extra payments to cover  additional costs of teachers pay awards on top of this grant.


  1. Bloke
    July 18, 2023

    Money helps, but raising the quality of teaching could reach higher value with less.

    1. paul cuthbertson
      July 18, 2023

      BLOKE – Scrap the militant teachers union and the woke globalist dumb down curriculum .

  2. Cliff..
    July 19, 2023

    Sir John,
    We need to look more at how that money is spent and value for money, rather than quantity.
    Sir John, you and I were both lucky enough to have had a Grammar School education which pushed us academically. This is what our schools lack. Our heads were not filled with woke nonsense about gender and diversity etc. We sat a single desks not on tables of eight and adopted committee style learning.
    We need to value craft subjects too for the less academic. I’ve just paid Ninety Pounds an hour for a heating engineer, so trades can make a good living still.
    Do the young generations a favour and push our so called Conservative Party to reintroduce Grammar Schools, Technical Schools and Secondary Modern Schools.

    1. Berkshire Alan
      July 19, 2023

      Indeed, secondary modern, 5 year indentured apprenticeship, 8 years at technical college was my route to earning a living, along with thousands of others.
      Did not know anyone who went to University, certainly none from our School, but we were taught the skills to live, to find, and be able to work and look after ourselves, no one gave us hand outs, but then our parents had had the same life lesson and work ethic.
      Not a single person left our school and ended up unemployed, yes that was 60 years ago and times and attitudes were very different then.

  3. Bryan Harris
    July 19, 2023

    Is this another case of just throwing money at a problem area, hoping it will go away? – HMG doesn’t have a good track record of fixing things.

    Surely if we want our education system to improve, any extra money should come with strings attached, including:
    – No more woke indoctrination;
    – No more confusing kids about gender and persuading them to seek a new one;
    – No more schools leaving parents out of the loop;
    – Schools to teach the real basics of education, to train kids for the real world.

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