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By Ian Dipple Thursday 27 March 2014 Updated: 29/03 00:39
SCHOOLS across Bromsgrove and Rubery are to get a share of an extra £5million to boost education across the county.
Proposals put forward by schools minister David Laws have been hailed ‘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.
Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid said: “This extra funding for schools in Bromsgrove and throughout Worcestershire is great news, but there is more to be done to make the national schools funding process fairer.”
“Pupils in Worcestershire still receive around £1,300 less in funding than pupils in Birmingham, so I will continue to campaign on behalf of my constituents for a more equal funding system for our schools.”
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