Councillor Robert Oulds welcomes the announcement of the
£1.3 billion boost to the core schools’ budget
Councillor Robert Oulds, the Conservative Education Spokesman on Hounslow Council has welcomed the announcement that there will be an additional £1.3 billion for schools’ funding over the next two years – helping to support the increasing demands on Hounslow’s schools.
Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced this week a further boost to the schools’ budget that will continue and sustain the delivery of the biggest improvement to the school funding system for over a decade.
This additional funding will mean an increase in the amount available to be spent by individual schools on every pupil and protect the funding for those pupils with special needs.
Almost all Hounslow’s secondary schools are now Academies and Free Schools and are therefore directly funded by Central Government via the funding formula. Hounslow’s schools continue to perform exceptionally well in both national and London regional league tables.
Councillor Robert Oulds commented:
“The Conservatives remain committed to ending the postcode lottery of school funding – so all children receive the education they deserve, wherever they live.
“Today’s announcement sends a clear message that we are committed to raising standards and giving every child the best possible education and the opportunities to develop the skills that will enable them to excel in whatever they chose to do in their future lives.
For more information please contact Councillor Robert Oulds on: 07740 029 787
Notes to Editors
- The Education Secretary also confirmed today that the new national funding formula will:
- Increase the basic amount that every pupil will attract in 2018-19 and 2019-20;
- Allow for gains of up to 3 per cent per pupil for underfunded schools for the next two years;
- Provide at least a 0.5 per cent a year per pupil cash increase for every school; and
- Continue to protect funding for pupils with additional needs, as proposed in the consultation published in December.
- The Education Secretary also confirmed the PE and Sports Premium for primary schools will increase from £160 million to £320 million. All primary schools will receive an increase in their PE and sports premium funding in the next academic year.
- Increased support will be available to school leaders to help them focus their resources, including offering individual schools access to expert advisors so they can receive tailored guidance.
- There were over 25,000 responses to the detailed proposals from parents, teachers and school leaders across the sector. A full detailed response to the national funding formula consultation, and local authorities’ gains under the new formula, will be published in September.
- Local authorities will continue to set a local formula for individual schools’ budgets in 2018-19 and 2019-20, in consultation with schools in the area. This longer transition will help provide stability for schools.
- Spending plans beyond 2019-20 will be set in a future Spending Review.
- In delivering the programme, and the plans for a further 140 free schools announced at the last Budget, we will work more efficiently to release savings of £280 million up to 2019-20. This will include working more collaboratively with local authorities to provide free schools to meet basic need.