£52 million for Tamworth schools and pupils under new Government funding

MP Christopher Pincher has welcomed a £52,837,955 Government investment in schools across Tamworth and our local villages – the largest funding boost in a decade, levelling up per pupil funding to ensure that all schools have the right investment to deliver an outstanding education for all.

The cash boost will mean that on average every secondary school in Tamworth will receive £5,291 per pupil and every local primary school will receive at least £4,342 per pupil next year. The Conservative Manifesto in the 2019 General Election committed £5,000 per secondary school pupil and £3,750 per primary school pupil (rising to £4,000 the year after). So, beating the manifesto pledge.

To ensure that schools fully benefit the Government will set regulations later this month to ensure local authorities pass on these minimum per pupil funding levels to schools. As well as supporting the lowest funded schools, this marks an important step towards a ‘hard’ national funding formula – where schools’ budgets are set on the basis of a single, national formula.

 

Commenting, the local MP, Christopher Pincher said:

“The commitment that every secondary school pupil will receive a minimum of £5,000 next year and every primary school pupil will receive a minimum of £4,000 by 2021-22 would reassure parents of the Government’s promise to deliver the best for their children.

“Every child deserves to receive a superb education - regardless of which school they attend, or where they grew up and I am delighted that schools right across Tamworth will be seeing a budget of over £52 million giving teachers, parents and pupils the certainty to plan, and supercharging standards in our schools.

“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. This funding will make sure that every parent in Tamworth and our local villages can be sure their children are getting a world class education that is right for them, and none are held back from reaching their potential.

“We promised in our General Election manifesto to level up school funding and already we have got on with the job of fulfilling this promise. Not only has the promise been delivered, but we have gone further and pumped more funding in then we said. This is good news for pupils, teacher, parents and Tamworth.”