Big funding boost for Sutton’s Schools

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake welcomed news of a proposed 6.4% rise - just under £8 million - in funding for Sutton schools.

Exactly one week after visiting Sutton schools, the Minister of State for Schools, David Laws MP, announced that 62 local authorities are set to cash-in on a rise in school funding in April 2015. Under the new proposals, Sutton schools will receive the 4th highest percentage increase nationwide in their funding compared to 2014-15.

In a Spending Review last summer, the Coalition announced that it would consult on how to allocate schools funding in a fairer way than ever before. Under the new reforms, funding per pupil among 5-16 year olds in Sutton schools will rise by £277, from £4,360 to £4,637.

Tom said: “This is fantastic news.  Nearly £8 million extra for Sutton’s schools will mean Sutton’s children get an even better education.  And this is on top of the extra cash Sutton already gets - through the pupil premium - to support children who are struggling in class.

Tom added, “This is the biggest step towards fairer funding for schools in a decade.

Other local authorities set for a boost in school funding include, Merton (6.1%), Croydon (5.9%) and Surrey (4.5%).

The extra money announced will be allocated in April 2015, for the 2015/16 financial year.

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