South Gloucestershire secondary schools are set to be given a real terms per pupil cash boost this year after the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening MP, announced the Governments intentions to adopt the new national fairer funding formula from 2018-19. This week’s announcement means that over the next two years an extra £1.3bn will be invested in the core schools and higher needs budget.
South Gloucestershire, traditionally one of the least funded local authorities for secondary schools in England, is amongst one of the 40 local authorities within England to join a national campaign group known as the F40, which has long been campaigning for the introduction of what is known as a ‘fairer funding formula’ to resolve the disparity between areas in regards to schools funding.
An important announcement for South Gloucestershire Schools was also made with the government guaranteeing funding per pupil of £4,800 at a minimum which will mean that many South Gloucestershire’s schools will see a significant uplift in their per pupil funding.
Chris Skidmore MP said, "I have long campaigned for fair funding for our pupils and I am pleased that this is a step in the right direction. I will continue to work with other local MPs to ensure a fair deal for our schools and I hope that this cash boost will be warmly welcomed by schools across the area."
Cllr Toby Savage, Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Business at South Gloucestershire Council welcomed the news in saying;
“Our MPs have worked in lock step with parents, schools and the Council in lobbying for a better deal for our Schools, so we welcome the Government’s announcement of proper fairer funding formula. We look forward to seeing more of the detail in September that will show the difference that will be made to local education here."