27 NOV 2015

Dr Dan Welcomes Fair School Funding Breakthrough

Dr Dan has welcomed the Chancellor's commitment to introduce fair school funding as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

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. The announcement 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 authorities will receive will be based on pupil need rather than a historical calculation which was open to political manipulation.

Speaking after the announcement, Dr Dan commented:

"I am delighted that the Government has committed to changing the funding formula for schools that I have campaigned hard for and I am sure that the headteachers and governors of schools across Central Suffolk and North Ipswich that I have met with on many occasions will be pleased with this announcement.

"Our children and grandchildren studying in Suffolk's schools should continue to have access to the best resources, buildings, and teaching as possible and this commitment by the Government is a big step in the right direction.

"I would like to thank all the teachers, staff and residents who signed the fair school funding campaign petition which I shall be presenting on behalf of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich schools and pupils this coming Tuesday in Parliament".



(Photograph is of Dr Dan visiting a school in Suffolk in February 2015)

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