School funding (Sep 2019 update)

The Chancellor has announced  he will invest over £14 billion in primary and secondary education.

The funding package for 5-16 schools includes £2.6 billion for 2020/21, £4.8 billion for 21/22, and £7.1 billion for 22/23 compared to 19/20. This will bring the schools budget to £52.2bn in 22/23.

As you will know , our local schools have been underinvested in for years so I very much welcome the 

increase in school funding by £4.6bn above inflation, levelling up education funding and giving all young people the same opportunities to succeed – regardless of where they grow up or go to school. As part of this, every secondary school will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year, with every primary school getting a minimum of £4,000 from 2021/22.

The deal includes £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.

I have been campaigning for increased school funding for schools across Lewes for a long time now and have successfully secured 8% extra in last years budget and a 6% increase in the latest budget. This additional funding announced will see schools across the country receive funding increases allowing young people to reach their full potential. I will be looking at the finer details to ensure that schools in my constituency receive the extra funding that they need to provide the best education possible.

I hope this reassures you that school funding remains a priority for me.