I am over the moon that the Prime Minister has formally announced delivery on one of his flagship policies, and the one that is most important to me.
The Prime Minister is giving schools across England a giant cash boost by investing 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.
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.
£14 billion will go such a long way in supporting our schools. It’s incredibly welcome that all schools will get more money but I’m particularly pleased that the biggest increase will be for the schools that currently have the lowest per pupil funding, in places like Mansfield. I made a promise to my constituents in Mansfield and Warsop that I would shout up for our constituency and it’s paying off!
I’ve raised my concerns about school funding at every available opportunity so it is brilliant that Boris has listened and is taking action.
I'm still collating all the details, but it's my understanding that every single school in Mansfield will get significant funding increases as a result of this announcement and that's huge for our local kids, our teachers and for school leaders trying to deliver the best future for kids from Mansfield and Warsop.