Schools to get share of £5million

By Ian Dipple Thursday 13 March 2014 Updated: 13/03 16:58

SCHOOLS across Redditch are to get a share of an extra £5million to boost education across the county.

Proposals put forward by schools minister David Laws yesterday (Thursday) have been hailed as 'historic' as it means from 2015/16 for the first time in a decade schools will be funded on the basis of the needs of their pupils rather than historic levels of spending.

The move is part of a £350million cash injection into some of the worst funded education authorities in the country, of which Worcestershire is one of. It means from next year funding per pupil will rise for every child in Worcestershire from £4,231 to £4,302.

The additional cash is on top of the pupil premium, which gives schools extra money to support disadvantaged children, which is rising to £1,300 for primary school children and £935 in secondary schools.

Despite the extra funding Worcestershire will still receive about £800 less than neighbouring schools in Birmingham, but Mr Laws said addressing the distribution of funding between local authorities would pave the way for a new national funding formula, after the next government spending review in 2015.

"This delivers fairness without creating instability, uncertainty or cuts," he said.

"For the first time we're delivering the uplifts that will make a real difference."

But Labour accused the Government of leaving the cuts and the bad news until after the next General Election. However Mr Laws said it was right to wait for future budgets to be set before a decision was made.

Redditch MP Karen Lumley said: "Colleagues and I have been fighting hard on this issue for a number of years and this news makes all the hard work worthwhile. We have seen schools in Redditch improve overwhelmingly in recent years and this increase in funding will allow standards to continue to soar."

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