Paul Maynard welcomes education funding boost

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard has welcomed a £14 billion commitment to boost school funding including a new £400m investment in further education.


The Prime Minister has announced the new measures, levelling up per pupil funding across the country.


The new funding will mean £400 million additional funding for further education and sixth form colleges, to train and teach our young people the skills they need for well-paid jobs in the modern economy.


The cash boost will mean that every secondary school in Blackpool North and Cleveleys will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year and every primary school will get a minimum of £4,000 per pupil from 2021-22, rising at least in line with inflation.


There will also be an additional £700 million extra for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).


Mr Maynard said: “It is important we continue to invest in schools and colleges here in Blackpool North and Cleveleys, to give young people the best possible start in life. It is vital we continue to drive up standards and ensure our teacher and school leaders the resources they need.


“I am delighted that the Prime Minister has delivered on his pledge to level up per pupil funding across the country so every child in Blackpool North and Cleveleys gets the world class education they deserve.”


Mr Maynard has long campaigned to improve opportunities for young people in Blackpool North and Cleveleys.


He said: “I fought hard on behalf of pupils to above average increases for many Blackpool schools under the National Funding Formula and have repeatedly made clear the need to support outstanding education providers such as Blackpool Sixth. I secured £6m in funding for an education Opportunity Area, seeking to improve opportunities and social mobility. This latest announcement demonstrates how the Conservatives will continue to invest to ensure young people are given the best possible start in life.”


The 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”.