SCHOOLS across England are set for a giant cash boost as the Prime Minister announces he will invest over £14 billion in primary and secondary education between now and 2022/23.
The funding package for 5-16 schools includes £2.6 billion for 2020/21, £4.8 billion for 21/22, and £7.1 billion for 22/23 compared to 19/20. This will bring the schools budget to £52.2bn in 22/23.
Further details on new funding for sixth forms and further education will be set out tomorrow, followed by reforms to teacher pay, measures to ensure standards in schools and colleges continue to rise, and action to tackle poor behaviour and bullying.
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This delivers on the Prime Minister’s pledge when entering Downing Street to increase school funding by £4.6bn above inflation, levelling up education funding and giving all young people the same opportunities to succeed – regardless of where they grow up or go to school.
As part of this, every secondary school will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year, with every primary school getting a minimum of £4,000 from 2021/22.
The deal includes £700 million extra for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in 2020/21, so every pupil can access the education that is right for them, and none are held back from reaching their potential.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“When I became Prime Minster at the start of the summer, I promised to make sure every child receives a superb education - regardless of which school they attend, or where they grew up.
“Today I can announce the first step in delivering on that pledge – funding per pupil in primary and secondary schools will increase, and be levelled up across the entire country.
“We should not accept the idea that there can be “winners or losers” when it comes to our children’s futures. That’s why we are providing additional funding now and for the future for every school, with those historically underfunded receiving the greatest increase.
“My government will ensure all young people get the best possible start in life. That means the right funding, but also giving schools the powers they need to deal with bad behaviour and bullying so pupils continue to learn effectively.”
The additional funding comes ahead of next week’s Spending Round, and gives schools the certainty they need to plan their budgets.
- Ensure that per-pupil funding for all schools can rise at least in line with inflation
- Progress the implementation of our National Funding Formula, delivering promised gains in full for areas which have been historically under-funded.
Today’s funding boost comes on top of a near £1.5 billion each year to continue to fund additional pension costs for teachers.
The Chancellor Sajid Javid said:
“We said our priorities were police, healthcare and education, and that’s what we are delivering at next week’s Spending Round. Because of the hard work of the British people to put our finances in order, we can now invest in their priorities.
“As I know from my own experience, nothing is more important to a child’s future than their education. That’s why we are putting in place the funding that helps them realise their potential, to the benefit of us all.”
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“We owe it to the next generation to ensure our education system is world class, and that nothing stands in the way of our young people having the best choices in life, whatever course they take.
“This £14billion funding increase – the largest cash boost in a generation - means our schools can continue to raise standards and build an education system that boosts productivity, improves social mobility and equips children with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the bright future that lies ahead.
“In addition to this package, schools will receive £4.4billion over three years to cover rising pension costs and ensure they can focus their resources on the front line.”
Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the Prime Minister’s school funding announcement, said:
“This comes nowhere close to meeting the Prime Minister’s pledge to reverse the Tories’ education cuts, let alone matching Labour’s plans to invest in a National Education Service. Instead, it is yet another con trick by a politician who shown time and again that you just can’t trust his promises.
“With the Chancellor only committing to a one-year Spending Round schools are being told to wait years for desperately needed funding, and the truth is that the government’s figures would prove an absolute fantasy after the damage done by a disastrous no-deal Brexit.
“Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are struggling to access the help they need, and yet today the Education Secretary hasn’t even offered enough to cover half of the funding shortfall and not for another year.
“Today’s announcement completely ignores the impact of cuts on vital services like nursery schools and Sure Start centres or adult learning and training, and school buildings will continue to crumble as cuts to capital funding continue.
“Teachers and parents know that it is only a Labour government that can be trusted to invest in an education system that gives every child the best start in life.”
Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran MP said:
“The Tories don't understand the urgency of the school funding crisis. All credit to the parents and teachers who took to the streets to make the Government do its homework on schools funding. But as schools must wait until 2020 to see any new cash, it doesn’t get full marks.
“Teachers are struggling to buy basic supplies now. Support staff are being sacked. Several schools will shut their doors early for another year. And the money for special educational needs is woefully short of what is needed.
“And with more money going to schools in wealthier areas, schools with more disadvantaged children will keep struggling to cover their costs.
“Liberal Democrats demand better for our children. School cuts were a Conservative political choice. We need an emergency cash boost this year to reverse them, and far more support for SEND. We can’t let young people down for another year.”
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:
“This schools funding announcement should really come with a note of apology; the Government has for so long derided our campaign and said there was no problem with education funding.
“Nevertheless the funding announced today is very positive.
“It is a tribute to the campaign waged by the NEU, NAHT and ASCL, alongside parents, councillors and many others. Our campaign in the General Election of 2017 moved 800,000 votes on the question of school funding and that message has clearly sunk in.
“The money now promised will in many cases be enough to mean schools don’t need to make further cuts next year.
“It is also welcome that a three-year funding plan has been laid out – long-term funding has been a theme of our campaigning.
“However, even the sums announced today are not enough to reverse all of the cuts already made that have so damaged children’s education – and we will continue to campaign alongside heads, parents and governors for the funding our children need.
“For too long Government has funded education on the basis of how little they can get away with. This has caused real damage to children and young peoples’ education as class sizes have risen, teaching assistants have been sacked and teachers have not had the resources to do their job. A generation of pupils have missed the education they should have received because of austerity. Today’s announcement will not compensate them for this loss.
“Over the weekend we will complete an analysis which will show the remaining gap in school and college funding even after this package has been implemented, and we will issue a press release about this early next week.”
Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:
“There is no argument that increased investment for schools is desperately needed and therefore the announcement of extra funding is to be welcomed.
“However, the detail of this extra funding will need to be closely scrutinised as in order to be of genuine benefit this must be ‘new’ investment, not recycling.
“It is also important that effective steps are taken to ensure that any additional funding is used equitably and effectively. Currently, the fragmentation of the education system has led, too often, to poor use of public money. An intensification of this fragmentation through, for example, an expansion in the Government’s academies and free school programmes, would be likely to make this problem worse, not better.
“We note the funding is to be staggered over three years, with most of the money not being delivered until the end of this period. Additional money is needed immediately to begin to address the impact which the years of austerity have had on our education service.”
Dame Christine Lenehan, Director of the Council for Disabled Children (part of the National Children’s Bureau), said:
‘It would be churlish not to welcome such significant funding for education after years of cuts. In particular, we are encouraged by the significant investment in helping children with special educational needs and disabilities, which should provide much needed support.
‘But talking tough to the gallery on school behaviour is easy for politicians. What is harder is responding to the circumstances of each child and the many different triggers that lie at the heart of their challenges. Punishing children for behaviour which is rooted in trauma, mental health needs, impairment or deprivation cannot be the way forward.’
‘This money is pledged at an acutely uncertain time, when promises made today may fall by the wayside as the wheel of fortune turns in Westminster.
‘We urge the Government to remember that education does not take place in a vacuum. Social conditions matter too. After a decade of austerity we still need a wider commitment from government to shore up other parts of the system buckling under pressure.
‘We need investment in public health and the early years so that parents can give our children the best start in life. We need properly funded child protection services so that our children can be kept safe from abuse and neglect. We need an end to the welfare policies that are driving an ever increasing number of our children into appalling poverty.
‘We will watch carefully as the detail underpinning the funding announcements emerge, and urge policymakers to be mindful of the parlous state that the nation’s schools, services and other support have fallen into.’
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
“We are pleased on behalf of schools and students that the government has listened to our repeated warnings about the scale and severity of the funding crisis, and has committed to desperately needed additional funding for education over the next three years. We will be studying the figures in detail as soon as this information is available to understand exactly what the additional funding covers and how this commitment will be implemented. The crisis is now and extra funding is needed as soon as possible.
“This announcement comes at a time of great political uncertainty and the Chancellor intends only to set departmental budgets for 2020/21 in his spending round announcement next week. This will raise questions about what will happen in the event of a no-deal Brexit and the possibility of an early General Election. Whatever the circumstances over the next few years, it must be a national priority to deliver the additional funding which has been pledged today. Investing in our schools, colleges and students is an investment in the future of our country.”
Schools will also continue to benefit from government support to ensure they can make the most of every pound of their budgets, following the launch of the Department for Education’s School Resource Management Strategy last year.
This ranges from a free-to-use vacancy service to recruit teachers, to expert advisers who provide tailored support to individual schools that need it.
Since 2010, education standards in England have rocketed. Government reforms have seen more primary school children on track to become fluent readers, more 19-year-olds leaving education with English and Maths GCSEs, and almost one million school places created.
This settles the schools budget in cash terms at £47.6bn in 20/21, £49.8bn in 21/22 and £52.2bn in 22/23.
The Barnett formula will be applied in the normal way, with more details set out at the Spending Review next week.