Fairer funding for South Dorset schools

Fairer funding for South Dorset schools

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:41am 22nd July 2020.

Schools in South Dorset are to get more money from the government.

The Secretary of State for Education has announced that just under £42M has been allocated to 5 to 16 year olds from 2021 - 2022.

Under the National Funding Formula primary schools in South Dorset are allocated £4,439 per pupil, while secondary schools should receive £5,679

The funding is based on each school's pupil numbers and characteristics.

These represent increases of between 2.2 per cent and 6.9 per cent for individual South Dorset schools this year.

Photo of pupils at Prince of Wales School using technology to learn

In addition, the Education Secretary announced a catch up premium of £650 million to enable all schools to make up for the loss of teaching time during the pandemic. 

Each school will attract £80 per pupil for extra academic support, during the 2021 academic year. 

A £350 million national tutoring programme for disadvantaged and vulnerable children will also be launched.

South Dorset MP Richard Drax said:

"This is the next step in levelling up all our schools' funding so that the historic inequities which saw Dorset schools languishing near the bottom of the funding pile are addressed. 

"I have campaigned for a fairer funding formula as part of the F40 group since I first entered Parliament ten years ago; we are now seeing the results. 

"Each school receives a minimum amount per head, with additional amounts depending upon the pupil and individual and local circumstances. This makes sense."

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