Caroline Welcomes Cash Boost for Constituency Schools

The Government has announced that a record £14 billion will be given to schools across England.

Every secondary school in Gosport will receive a minimum of £5 000 per pupil next year and every primary school will get a minimum of £4 000 per pupil from 2021-22. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) schools will also receive a cash boost of £700 million.

Further education and sixth form colleges will receive £400 million additional funding to train and teach young people the skills they need for well-paid jobs in the modern economy.

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, commented:

“This cash boost is welcome news for my constituency. We need to ensure that children get the best education and start in life possible, and teachers are properly supported and recognised for the fantastic work they do.

“I am pleased that this funding will help relieve pressure on our local schools and ensure our children get the education they deserve.”  

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“When I became Prime Minster at the start of the summer, I promised to make sure every child receives a superb education - regardless of which school they attend, or where they grew up.

“Today I can announce the first step in delivering on that pledge – funding per pupil in primary and secondary schools will increase, and be levelled up across the entire country.

“We should not accept the idea that there can be “winners or losers” when it comes to our children’s futures. That’s why we are providing additional funding now and for the future for every school, with those historically underfunded receiving the greatest increase.

“My government will ensure all young people get the best possible start in life. That means the right funding, but also giving schools the powers they need to deal with bad behaviour and bullying so pupils continue to learn effectively”.

However, it is not just the schools themselves which will benefit from the cash boost. To meet the requirement for teachers pensions the Prime Minister has pledged £4.5 billion. Salaries for new teachers are set also to rise to £30 000 by 2022-23, and with the Teacher’s Pension Scheme teachers will receive an employer contribution of 23% on top of their salary.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

“Teachers truly are the lifeblood of a school and I have been instantly impressed by the dedication, commitment and hard work that I have seen from those at the front of our classrooms.

“I want the best talent to be drawn to the teaching profession and for schools to compete with biggest employers in the labour market and recruit the brightest and the best into teaching.

“Teachers should be in no doubt that this government fully backs them in every stage of their career, starting with rewarding starting salaries, and giving them the powers they need to deal with bad behaviour and bullying and continue to drive up school standards right across the country.”