The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has confirmed that mainstream funding will increase by 4% overall next year in a boost to schools across Hornchurch & Upminster.
Every primary school will now receive at least £4000 per pupil while secondaries will attract at least £5150 a student. Mr Williamson’s announcement delivers on a government pledge to level up the lowest funded schools and comes on top of a special £1 billion ‘catch up’ package for the next academic year to help children whose education has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Alongside this will be a new £350m national tutoring programme for disadvantaged students, helping to accelerate their academic progress and tackle the attainment gap.
The additional investment includes a ten per cent increase in high needs funding next year – some £730m – to help local authorities like Havering Council support children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND), on top of the £780m increase local authorities are receiving in 2020-21.
The Hornchurch & Upminster’s MP, Julia Lopez, welcomed the package saying, ‘In December I stood on a manifesto to deliver more cash to our schools, particularly for children with special educational needs, after teachers highlighted ongoing cost pressures on my visits to local primaries and secondaries. I am delighted to see the government confirm this second year of increased funding. It has been an exceptionally difficult time for school-aged children and their families, and I know that many parents are anxious about the impact on their child’s learning. I hope this funding package, as well as the one-off pandemic assistance, will help Havering’s teachers deliver high quality education from September despite the challenging environment. We want every school, no matter their circumstances or location, to have the resources to deliver the high-quality education that all parents expect.’