WARRINGTON South prospective Tory MP Andy Carter has welcomed news that local Schools will get a financial boost following The Prime Minister’s announcement of supporting schools with a record £14 billion funding.
He says the funding will help level funding up per pupil across the country so every child in Warrington has a world class education.
The extra funding will mean that every secondary school in Warrington 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, rising at least in line with inflation.
The cash boost also adds £700 million extra for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), so every pupil in Warrington can access the education that is right for them, and none are held back from reaching their potential.
Commenting Andy Carter said: “I have repeatedly called for action to close the funding gap between Warrington and other schools across the country. As a School Governor I know the challenges faced by individual schools in the area vary greatly from rural schools, small schools or schools in more deprived areas. I am delighted that the Prime Minister has delivered on his pledge to level up per pupil funding across the country.”
“Education is one of my personal priorities, I’ve made the case to Education Secretary Gavin Williams that we need to give teachers the tools they need to support our children through their school years. I’ll continue to campaign for better facilities for our schools so every child has the best start and we properly fund our schools.”
In addition, the new funding will mean £400 million for further education and sixth form colleges such as Priestly College in Warrington to train and teach our young people the skills they need for well-paid jobs in the modern economy.
The Prime Minister has also pledged to meet the £4.5 billion requirement for teachers’ pensions from outside the education budget. This means that every penny of the extra £14 billion will go straight to schools and delivering the best educational outcomes for our children.
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.
“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”.
Picure shows Andy Carter and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.