I presented the petition from Wokingham Borough Councillors to the government in Parliament on Tuesday evening. The petition urges the government to make rapid progress in implementing its promise to give more money to schools in areas like Wokingham which have been receiving much less cash per pupil than many other parts of the country. I am grateful to Councillors for signing it.
Words of the petition:
To the House of Commons.
The petition of residents of Wokingham.
Declares that the petitioners believe the existing school funding model in England is arbitrary and unfair; further declares that the ten best funded areas of England have on average received grants of £6,300 per pupil this year; compared to an average of £4,200 per pupil in the ten most poorly funded areas of England; and further declares that the petitioners welcome the Governments commitment to introduce fairer school funding.
The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons supports the earliest possible introduction of a new National Funding Formula for schools in England.
And the petitioners remain, etc.