Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mr Stride met with Devon County Council Leader John Hart in Westminster today (25/01/17) to discuss changes to the per pupil funding formula which calculates how much authorities receive to spend on education. Devon has historically been one of the lowest funded authorities in the country, but received a boost of £16million in 2015, meaning schools now receive £290 per pupil less than the England average rather than £480 less. The new formula currently being consulted on would result in the majority but not all of the schools in Mr Stride’s Central Devon constituency benefiting.

    Mr Stride, who has campaigned for fairer funding for Devon’s schools since before becoming an MP in 2010, said:

    “The extra funding Devon received in 2015 was a step in the right direction but it is essential that any further adjustment to the funding formula results in all schools benefiting. I have recently visited two of the three secondary schools in my constituency, in Okehampton and Ashburton, specifically to discuss this issue and know the difficulties that any reduction in funding would cause. This is an issue I have raised with Education Secretary Justine Greening and I will be meeting with Schools Minister Nick Gibb shortly.”

    Leader of Devon County Council John Hart added:

    “The historic inequality of national funding for education in our county needs further reform but Mel is absolutely right that adjustments to the formula must not result in any schools losing out. I am very proud of the standards in education achieved by schools in Devon and the good partnership that exists with the County Council, but they deserve better in terms of national funding to support their efforts.”

    Photo: Central Devon MP Mel Stride and Devon County Council Leader John Hart are pressing the Government for fairer funding for schools in the county.