Dr Dan has presented a petition in Parliament on behalf of schools and pupils in Suffolk to call on the Government to deliver a fairer school funding formula.
Dr Dan has been calling on the Government to deliver a fairer funding model for schools based on pupil need, under which Suffolk schools would receive a further £178.06 per pupil per year, and recently signed an open letter asking the Government to reform the formula. Dr Dan welcomed the Chancellor's commitment to introducing fair school funding as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review last week, which signals an end to the current unfair system which has 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.
The new funding formula announced will set a national rate that every school will receive for each pupil, with additional funding for those with extra needs. Crucially, from 2017-2018 onwards the resources schools and local councils will receive will be based on pupil need rather than a historical calculation which was open to political manipulation.
Speaking after presenting the petition in Parliament, Dr Dan commented:
"I would like to thank all the teachers, staff and residents who signed the fair school funding campaign petition which I presented on behalf of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich schools and pupils in Parliament. I have campaigned hard for a fairer funding formula along with headteachers and governors of schools across Suffolk and I welcomed the Chancellor's commitment last week.
I look forward to hearing the Government's proposals in the New Year which will benefit all children studying in Suffolk's schools and will go a long way to ensuring that they have access to the best resources, buildings, and teaching as possible."
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