Lewes MP Maria Caulfield has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer demanding greater education funding for East Sussex and similar areas.
Despite the introduction of a National Funding Formula to help address the unfairness in education funding in mostly rural areas, Maria Caulfield MP and other MPs in similar areas are concerned that the new funding formula will continue to leave rural areas at a disadvantage compared with more urban areas.
In particular, MPs are concerned that the formula does not give enough basic entitlement to schools and allows too much for add-ons, enabling big differences in funding to occur between different local authorities and schools. Another major concern is the crisis in high needs funding that MPs like Maria Caulfield feel the government must address before permanent damage is done to very many vulnerable pupils.
Maria Caulfield MP said “I have written, alongside other colleagues, to the Chancellor calling on him to address the level of funding that our rural schools will be receiving under the National Funding Formula. Whilst the new funding formula is a big improvement on previous funding, there is still a long way to go to ensure that our schools are getting the finances that they need to ensure that our children are getting the world class education that they deserve.”