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Government announces extra cash for Isle of Wight schools

Government announces extra cash for Isle of Wight schools”

When challenged about recent heart-rending stories of the effects of the funding squeeze at the chalkface, Ms Greening acknowledged the difficulties schools face.

But Labour said it would still mean a real terms cut, due to inflation.

According to the Department for Education, the new funding settlement will mean a minimum cash increase for every of 1% per pupil by 2019/20, with the most underfunded schools getting increases of 3% per pupil in 2018/19 and 2019/20.

But it was met with protests across England amid concerns that thousands of schools stood to lose money.

"The additional £1.3bn announced by Justine Greening in July was a step in the right direction".

She said "when Coventry receives £510 more per pupil than Plymouth, despite having equal proportions of pupils eligible for free school meals", it was clear the formula had to change.

Ms Greening said that the £1.3 billion in extra funding for schools she announced in the summer meant overall budgets would rise by around £2.6 billion in total from nearly £41 billion in 2017/18 to around £42.4 billion in 2018/19 and £43.5 billion in 2019/20 "It will mean that over the next two years, we will deliver on our manifesto pledge to make school funding fairer", she told MPs.

"For many pupils and schools, funding will fall in real terms between now and 2020, which comes on top of a £2.7bn cut in real terms since 2015".

The per pupil funding confirmed on Thursday is more generous than when the new formula was announced in December 2016.

The proposals were first laid out in a consultation at the end of previous year.

In the past, the "record levels of funding" mantra has caused headteachers' eyes to roll and a feeling among some that ministers either "don't get it" or "don't want to get it".

Local authorities will be given a block grant that they must allocate to schools in their area.

"It does not go almost far enough to meet the Tories' own election promises and is far less than Labour pledged in our manifesto", Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, said.

Ms Rayner asked: "Will she admit to the House that her announcement today does nothing to reverse those cuts and keep that promise?"

Greening's initial announcement was widely criticised by Conservative MPs, unhappy that schools in their constituencies had not fared as well as they had hoped, and in some cases had actually had their funding cut.

As well as the basic funding per pupil, schools will get extra cash for additional needs, such as deprivation and low prior attainment of pupils.

"But schools have already suffered huge cuts and the additional funding is nowhere near enough to prevent further cuts".

"The spectre of even larger class sizes, teacher shortages, reduced pastoral care and even reduced curriculum time will not recede until all schools are adequately and fairly funded".

Schools would also be set minimum funding levels, including £3,500 per pupil at primary schools and a previously announced minimum of £4,800 per pupil at secondary schools - meaning that some poorly funded schools will receive welcome relief.



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