• School Funding

    27 July 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me regarding school funding.

    I am encouraged that a £1.3 billion boost for core school funding has been announced. The additional investment comes as we move to a national funding formula, and allows for an increase in the basic amount of funding for all pupils and an increase in funding for all schools. I welcome that the new formula will maintain overall per pupil funding in real terms for the next two years.

    The new national funding formula will allow for gains of up to 3 per cent per pupil for underfunded schools and provide at least a 0.5 per cent a year per-pupil cash increase for every school over the next two years. I am encouraged that funding for pupils with additional needs will continue to be protected. The PE and Sports Premium for primary schools will also increase from £160 million to £320 million, with all primary schools receiving an increase in the next academic year.

    Locally, I have consulted widely amongst our local schools to make sure that I clearly understand the issues that are of concern to them. This includes discussions with the Heads of several of our local primaries, including Exminster, Chudleigh, Landscore (Crediton), Christow, Buckfastleigh and Bovey Tracey, along with meetings with the Heads and Governors at Okehampton College, QE and South Dartmoor.

    Following my local consultation I met with the Schools Minister Nick Gibb, accompanied by Ian Courtney, who is the Chair of the National Governors’ Association and Chair of Governors of Okehampton College, where I pressed local concerns very firmly; particularly the impact of the sparsity and deprivation elements of the formula.

    The £1.3 billion boost will be spread across two years, on top of the core school budget set in the last spending review. This means school funding will be £2.6 billion higher in 2019-20 compared to 2017-18.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely

    Mel Stride

    MP for Central Devon

    Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General