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Funding Boost For Dorset Schools - But Is It Enough?


7:57am 14th March 2014

"Other schools in the country are moving forward quicker than ours", the words of the Cabinet Member for Education in Dorset.

Her comments come after it was announced the County Council is set to receive £1.8m to help the most deprived school children.

But it's still less than the majority of local councils across the country.

Councillor Toni Coombs said: "The problem is the funding is still less then 1% of our budget and when you look at other regions across the country. They are far better off then us."

The money is a share of a £350 million worth of funding that was announced by the Education Secretary Michael Gove to help underfunded local authorities.

It works out as an extra £37 per pupil in Dorset.

Dorset is one of 33 local authorities that are in the lower end of the school funding league table. The hope is that this scheme will make the allocation system for funding fairer.

The proposals will also aim to set a minimum funding level for every pupil and every school in the country.

No local authority or school is set to lose out from this proposal, but around 4 in 10 areas are set to gain from it.

The Department of Education have promised that they will help local authorities with additional money to fill gaps in their budgets if needed.

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