Council welcomes schools funding announcement

Release Date: 21 July 2017

The Leader of Richmond Council has welcomed the announcement of £1.3bn new funding for schools, showing the Government has listened to local schools, parents and the Council.

This week the Government Education Secretary announced an additional £1.3bn for schools funding would be provided over the next two years.

Justine Greening MP also announced plans for a new national funding formula aimed at maintaining overall ‘real term’ per pupil funding for the next two years. This includes new minimum secondary school funding of £4,800 per student.

Cllr Paul Hodgins, Leader of Richmond Council, has welcomed the ‘fairer funding system.’ However, in a letter to the MP he has also asked for reassurance that careful attention will be paid to special educational needs support.

In addition, the letter seeks clarity around future proposals regarding the funding of new schools.

Cllr Hodgins said:

“Schools and education is one of this Council’s number one priorities. Over the past three years we have invested over £80m to meet the rising demand for school places. We have improved and expanded many school buildings enabling an additional 5,000 primary school places. We are funding the rebuilding of our special schools and extended parental choice by introducing sixth forms to our secondary schools.

“As part of this commitment, earlier this year we wrote to the Government regarding our concerns around future school funding and the impact locally.

“And, whilst we are still waiting for the details of the Minister’s recent announcement, I am pleased that the Government has committed to this additional funding and has listened to the Council, local schools and parents. In real terms, this funding will hopefully ensure that no school is worse off. This could mean some schools will receive more money.

“However, as part of this detail, we are seeking assurance that this funding is not coming at the expense of other education provision. School funding needs to be fair for all schools, but also fair for all pupils – including those with additional needs.

“I look forward to receiving further details from the Government about these proposals over the next few days and weeks”.

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Reference: P343/17

Updated: 31 July 2017