Cllr Hannan Sarwar welcomes historic funding boost for schools in Cheshire East

Hannan has welcomed the confirmation that secondary schools in Cheshire East are guaranteed at least £5,000 in per pupil funding, and every primary school at least £3,750 per pupil, thanks to new legislation introduced by the Conservative Government.

 

Cheshire East will now be required by law to make sure every school receives these minimum levels of funding for each pupil – a commitment which the Prime Minister pledged to deliver during his first 100 days in office.Previously, local authorities were not required to allocate the money for schools in this way - with many schools across the country falling below the recommended minimum levels of funding for each pupil.

 

This forms part of the government’s £14 billion funding boost for schools over the next three years – ensuring that all young people receive an excellent education, regardless of where they grow up or go to school.In August, the Prime Minister announced that the budget for schools and high needs would be increased by £2.6 billion in 2020-21, £4.8 billion in 2021-22 and £7.1 billion in 2022-23 respectively – plus an extra £1.5 billion per year to fund additional pensions costs for teachers.

 

This legislation guarantees that funding per pupil in Cheshire East  will increase by 4.13%  in 2020-21 to an average of £4519.30 per pupil.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“We’re guaranteeing the minimum level of funding for every pupil in every school so that, with a top-class education, our children can go on to become the world’s future innovators, trail blazers and pioneers. As we start a new chapter in our history, our younger generations will be front and centre of all that we do.”