Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the announcement from Education Secretary Justine Greening today (17/07/17) that schools across the country will benefit from £1.3billion of funding over the next two years. The injection of cash will deliver the largest improvement to the school funding system for over a decade. It will increase the basic amount that every pupil will get, increase protected funding for those with high needs and ensure every local authority can give schools a cash increase through the new formula.

    Central Devon MP Mel Stride, who has been involved with the Fairer Funding for Devon’s Schools campaign for over a decade, said:

    “The Government is committed to ending the postcode lottery of school funding so all children receive the education they deserve, wherever they live. This means that, working with teachers and schools across the country, we can continue to raise standards and give every child the best possible education, and the best opportunities for their future.”

    Mr Stride also highlighted the significant increase in the PE and Sports Premium for primary schools as particularly important:

    “With a third of children under the age of 15 now overweight or obese, it is essential that children are given greater opportunities to participate in sports and other forms of exercise in school so the huge increase in the PE and Sports Premium for primary schools from £160 million to £320 million is especially good news.”