Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has called the announcement of billions of pounds of additional funding for schools and colleges by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson a ‘huge boost’ for Cornish pupils.
Schools across England are set for a giant cash boost as the Prime Minister announced he will invest over £14 billion in primary and secondary education between now and 2022/23.
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.
This delivers on the Prime Minister’s pledge when entering Downing Street to increase 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.
As well as this the Chancellor Sajd Javid over the weekend announced that providers of 16-19 education such as further education and sixth form colleges will receive £400 million additional funding to train and teach our young people the skills they need for well-paid jobs in the modern economy, the Chancellor has announced. The boost is the single biggest annual increase for the sector since 2010.
Commenting, Steve said:
“This is fantastic news and the Prime Minister’s announcement will provide a huge boost to Cornish pupils at every level of their education.”
“I regularly meet with Mid-Cornwall teachers and have long campaigned for not just more funding for our education system, but also fairer funding for Cornwall’s schools.”
“This injection of billions of pounds from the government to our education system, including SEND and further education, is just what we have been asking for.”
“I will now be working with my Cornish MP colleagues to ensure that Cornwall gets our fair share of these national funds.”