I am very pleased to report back to my constituents that Gloucestershire will see an increase in school funding.
The Government recently announced that over the two years 2018/19 and 2019/20, per-pupil funding in Gloucestershire is going up by £19 million in total and by £132 per pupil.
In 2019-2020, the National Funding Formula (NFF) allocates Gloucestershire £3,973 per primary pupil. This is £473 above the national minimum. For a class of 27 pupils (the average size of a primary school class in Gloucestershire), the funding equates to £106,286.
The NFF also allocates £4,953 per secondary pupil, which is £153 above the national minimum. For a class of 27 pupils, this equates to £132,497.
On top of this, Gloucestershire schools will receive a further £6 million of funding through the growth, premises and mobility factors of the formula. And, in addition to the NFF, Gloucestershire schools will receive £20.3 million in Pupil Premium funding to provide extra support for those who need it most.
This comes at a time when 6,879 school places have been added to the County, as part of the Government’s goal to replenish school places following a national net loss of 100,000 places in the six years up to 2010. This effort is necessary to ensure that every child in the Forest of Dean has a place to learn and build confidence so that they can excel both in and out of the classroom.
What's more, there are now over 500 more teaching assistants in Gloucestershire compared to 2011. Recruiting and retaining the best people is crucial to driving up the quality of teaching - which is why the Government is covering the costs of increased pension contributions for state schools as part of a scheme to create a better benefits package for those with a passion for teaching.
It is fantastic to see a spotlight on schools in our local area. This investment is an important step towards higher academic standards and better technical education in the Forest of Dean, ensuring that every child gets the best start in life and the support to reach their full potential.