School Funding Boost

18th July 2017

Member of Parliament for The Cotswolds, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, yesterday welcomed the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon. Justine Greening MP, that there will be an additional £1.3 billion for schools in 2018-19 and 2019-20 amounting to £4,800 per pupil for every secondary school. This is a significant increase on Gloucestershire’s current funding arrangement, whereby KS3 pupils receive just £3,767 each.

Mr Clifton-Brown has campaigned tirelessly on the issue of a fair funding formula to protect the Cotswolds’ schools for many years; leading the campaign in the national media and organising a delegation of MPs to raise their concerns directly to the Secretary of State for Education and the Prime Minister on several occasions.

Under the previous proposals, all the Cotswolds large primary schools and secondary schools would have received budget cuts, resulting in a reduction of teaching staff, increased class sizes and falling standards. Under the new formula, funding per pupil will now be maintained in real terms with gains of up to 3% per pupil in underfunded schools in the Cotswolds – a significant improvement on previous proposals.

Following the Secretary of State’s statement in the House of Commons, Mr Clifton-Brown said:

‘I warmly welcome today’s announcement from my right hon. Friend. This is a real moment of celebration for those of us who have been campaigning with the f40 Group for years for a proper fair funding formula.’

The Secretary of State replied:

‘I pay tribute to my hon. Friend who has been a tireless campaigner on fair funding. He has done an outstanding job of being very clear with me about his local community concerns and also his desire to see fair funding. It is responding to colleagues like him that has led to the statement today.’

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