Meeting with Education Secretary

I am meeting the Education Secretary this afternoon to go through the case for better levels of school funding in Wokingham and West Berkshire. The final budgets for 2018-19 for Wokingham schools total £98.742 million, compared to £94.45m last year, an increase of 4.5% This increase does have to take care of the rise in pupil numbers as well as providing for rising costs. The largest rise for an individual school is for Bohunt as it expands, taking on more pupils. In contrast the Forest and Emmbrook experienced a  reduction in  pupil numbers  with adverse consequences for funding, as the per pupil element is an important part of the total.

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  1. Narrow Shoulders
    Posted June 20, 2018 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    You do not quantify the percentage rise in pupils Mr Redwood?

    Also it would be illuminating to know how much of the rise was attributable to English as a foreign language allowances and an increase in deprivation payments.

    My hunch would be the standard per pupil amount has not increased greatly.

  2. Adam
    Posted June 20, 2018 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Per pupil funding may seem a raw measure of funding in that it can accelerate the decline of failing schools. Teaching quality is the attraction that enables both schools & pupils to succeed, so it is a fitting stimulus striving all schools to maintain the highest attraction.

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