The Government has confirmed schools in Swindon will receive 5.08% more funding per pupil next year as part of the recent multi-billion investment in primary and secondary education.
Both Swindon MPs have welcomed this new funding, saying 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.
This funding follows the Prime Minister’s announcement in August that the budget for schools and high needs would be increased by a total of over £14 billion over three years, rising to £52.2 billion by 2022-23. Schools and local authorities will today find out how the first part of that investment - £2.6 billion - will be allocated for the coming year.
The extra money, available from April, will ensure that per-pupil funding for all schools can rise at least in line with inflation and willdeliver promised gains in full for areas which have been historically under-funded
Robert Buckland MP said: "Every child in Swindon deserves the best possible start in life – regardless of their background or where they live.
"The 5.08% per pupil funding boost next year will mean that every school in Swindon will receive a budget increase, giving teachers, parents and pupils the certainty to plan, and boost standards in our schools.”
Justin Tomlinson MP added: “Robert and I have worked hard to champion our local schools and we are delighted to have helped secure this vital additional funding, in addition to the recent new schools including the Great Western Academy and The Deanery. This remains a real priority for us.”