Nigel Adams MP has welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to introduce fair school funding as part of yesterday’s Comprehensive Spending Review. A new funding formula will set a national rate that every school will receive for each pupil, with additional funding for those with extra needs. Crucially, from 2017-18 onwards the resources schools and local authorities will receive will be based on pupil characteristics rather than historic political calculations. The Department for Education will consult on the detail of the announcement in early 2016.
The announcement signals an end to the current unfair system which has lasted for decades and led to a situation where the ten best funded areas of England receive an average of £6,300 per pupil of schools block funding, compared to just £4,200 in the ten worst funded areas – with no objective basis for the difference.
Nigel Adams was part of the F40 campaign for fair school funding in Parliament.
Nigel said, “I am very pleased that the Government has committed to introduce a national funding formula for English schools, ending the postcode lottery that means children in North Yorkshire lose out for no good reason. I look forward to seeing the detail following the consultation but this appears to be a significant step in the right direction.”