I welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of a record £14 billion investment in England’s schools between now and 2022/23, as well as plans by the Department for Education to boost teacher salaries to at least £30,000 from 2022.
The Government announced that the cash boost will be spread over the next three years, which will level the playing field and help historically-underfunded areas like Worcestershire.
The cash boost will mean that every secondary school in Worcestershire will receive a minimum of £5,000 spent on each pupil per year at secondary school and £4,000 per primary school pupil.
In addition, the new funding will mean £400 million of additional funding for further education and sixth form colleges, meaning more students will be provided the skills they need for well-paid jobs.
Over £700 million will also be allocated to help support schoolchildren with Special and Educational Needs (SEND).
I am very pleased to hear that every child in Worcestershire is set to benefit from the cash boost.
I especially welcome the additional funding which will go to support those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, ensuring every child in Worcestershire has access to an education which is right for them.
Worcestershire has historically suffered from underfunding compared to other areas in England, and fairer funding has been an issue I have continued to campaign for since becoming an MP.
I want to thank the parents, teachers and community groups who have been involved in the fairer funding campaign and those who have supported efforts to make sure Worcestershire schools get the level of funding they deserve.