Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has welcomed a boost to schools funding.
In July, Alok held a meeting in Parliament for local Reading school heads to put the case for increased school funding to the Schools Minister. He was therefore delighted that the Prime Minister has recently announced, and the Chancellor re-confirmed formally at the Spending Review last week, that the Government is boosting schools funding in the UK with an extra £14 billion, levelling up per pupil funding across the country so every child has a world class education. This will bring the schools budget to £52.2 billion in 2022-23.
The Government has also pledged to meet the £4.5 billion requirement for teachers’ pensions from outside the education budget. This means that every penny of the extra £14 billion will go straight to schools and delivering the best educational outcomes for our children.
The funding boost will mean that in every part of the country, next year every school will see a real terms rise in their funding. Every secondary school will receive an increased minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year and every primary school will get a minimum of £3,750 from 2020-21 and £4,000 per pupil from 2021-22.
There will also be £700 million extra for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in 2020-21, so every pupil can access the education that is right for them, and none are held back from reaching their potential.
Further education and sixth form colleges will receive £400 million additional funding to train and teach our young people the skills they need for well-paid jobs in the modern economy. They will also get and extra £100m to fund the extra pensions provision which this year they had to fund from existing budgets.
Under the Conservative Government, more children are getting a better education. There has been a dramatic improvement in children’s reading making sure they are prepared for their future. England has risen to joint eighth place in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.
921,000 new school places have been created across the country since 2010 as part of the biggest expansion in school places in two generations. This means we are on track to deliver an extra one million school places nationwide in the decade to 2020 and reverse the reduction of 100,000 school places between 2004 and 2010.
Alok Sharma said: “I am absolutely delighted with this boost for education which will also benefit schools across my constituency. In the Reading Borough, as at December 2018, 77% of children now attend schools rated good or outstanding, compared to 59% in 2010 when I was elected and almost 7,000 places have been added. This includes the establishment of several schools, including the Wren School and All Saints Junior, which I helped local parents and teachers to set up. In West Berkshire, as at December 2018, 94% of children now attend schools rated good or outstanding, compared to 72% in 2010 and over 1,700 places have been added.”