£14 billion funding package to boost English schools
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has committed more than £14 billion to enhance primary and secondary education in England until 2022-2023.
Covering schools teaching pupils from the ages of five to 16, it equates to £2.6 billion for 2020-2021 academic year, £4.8 billion for 2021-2022, and £7.1 billion for the year after.
All figures are compared to the 2019-2020 academic year and it means the schools budget will top £52 billion in three years’ time.
The funding package is designed to enhance levels of education across England and to ensure that all pupils have access to quality education.
From 2021-2022, it will mean secondary schools receive at least £5,000 per pupil, with primary schools getting a minimum of £4,000 per pupil.
An additional £780 million will be provided to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to help them reach their potential.
Mr Johnson said that funding will be “levelled up across the entire country” so that “all young people get the best possible start in life”.
“We should not accept the idea that there can be ‘winners or losers’ when it comes to our children’s futures,” he explained.
“That’s why we are providing additional funding now and for the future for every school, with those historically underfunded receiving the greatest increase.”
Education secretary Gavin Williamson added that the funding will provide young people with more choices and open up more pathways for them.
He explained that it will help schools to enhance standards while equipping pupils with “the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life”.
Some £4.4 billion has also been committed to schools to help cover rising pension costs across the next three years, in addition to a support package as part of the Department for Education’s Resource Management Strategy.
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