I’m incredibly pleased to hear this week's announcement that state schools in my constituency are set to receive more than £2million extra funding from the Government.
Schools in the Devizes constituency will benefit from an extra £2,345,261 in funding as part of a £2 billion pledge from the Government. This will mean every state school in England will receive extra cash – about £35,000 extra for a typical primary and £200,000 for a typical secondary.
Schools received their first payment this week and will be able to choose how best to invest the extra funding, including to pay for teacher salary uplifts and teaching assistants. The remainder of the £2 billion will be used to increase Pupil Premium funding rates, which are rising by five percent in 2023–24.
In total the schools budget will be £58.8 billion in 2024–2025, with the Government putting more funding into schools than ever before and school funding is set to rise faster than forecast inflation in both 2023–24 and 2024–25.
I regularly meet with heads of primary and secondary schools around the constituency and funding is always a topic of conversation – I hope this boost of money will be a real help to our schools.