Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has welcomed the announcement by the Education Secretary of £1.3billion additional core funding for schools.
Fairer schools funding – backed by today’s additional investment – will deliver the biggest improvement to the school funding system for well over a decade. It will mean an increase in the basic amount that every pupil will get, protected funding for those with high needs and will ensure every local authority is in a position to give schools a cash increase through the new formula.
It also means that, with teachers and schools across the country, the Government can continue to raise standards and give every child the best possible education, and the best opportunities for the future.
This additional funding reflects the hard work done over the last year or so by Johnny Mercer and other Conservative Members of Parliament who have raised their concerns about the real-time funding cuts for their local schools directly with Ministers.
Earlier this year, prior to the General Election in June, Johnny Mercer arranged a meeting between the Schools Minister and the head of Education at Plymouth City Council, Judith Harwood, to raise concerns that Plymouth children could lose out. At that meeting, the Minister confirmed that schools across Plymouth stand to benefit significantly from the new fairer funding formula as the postcode lottery of funding is abolished.
Since 2010 the Government has protected the core schools budget in real terms, so in 2017-18 it is the highest ever on record at almost £41 billion. Today’s announcement highlights how it will continue to rise as pupil numbers rise to £42 billion by 2019-20.
Speaking following the Secretary of State’s announcement to the House of Commons earlier today, Johnny Mercer MP said:
‘I welcome the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education promising £1.3 billion additional funding for education.
‘I am pleased that Education Ministers have listened to me and others who have raised the need to ensure no schools in our constituencies suffer as a result of the plans to make the funding formula fairer for every child.
‘Whilst the majority of schools across Plymouth already stood to benefit from the Government addressing historic funding inequalities, I am delighted that the hard work of me and my colleagues, lobbying the Government for our local schools, has seen this additional funding, securing per-pupil funding until 2019/20 for schools across Plymouth.’