As a parent, I want to know that the world which we pass onto future generations is one in which they will be safe, happy, and healthy. I am on a mission to ensure that all children in Wolverhampton have a great start in life, with good schools, training opportunities, and personalised careers support.
I am also working with leaders from across our city to create a brighter, better future for young people. This includes delivering more funding for local schools and building better training and employment opportunities. We are levelling up opportunities for young people and unlocking their potential.
Improved Schools Funding:
- We are increasing primary school funding to a minimum of £4,000 per pupil this year, with £5,150 per secondary school pupil, as part of our £14.4 billion three-year investment into schools. In Wolverhampton South West, total funding for all schools in 2021 - 2022 will stand at £65,601,869.
- Schools in the constituency have been allocated more than £1 million in Covid-19 catch-up funds. This is part of our £3 billion education recovery plan, which includes £1.5 billion in national tutoring, £400 million for training and professional development, and now £200 million for summer schools. Schools across Wolverhampton South West have been allocated £324,171.50 to provide a range of extra-curricular activities and build friendships before the start of the next school year, improving their confidence and their improving mental well-being.
- We are repairing and upgrading the condition of school buildings across the country through our transformative ten-year rebuilding programme. In Wolverhampton, a new school will be built and a well-established one will be rebuilt so that it can offer enhanced facilities
- I believe that all young people should have access to high-quality youth services regardless of where they live. The Government has listened and brought forward the first £30 million of our Youth Investment Fund. This will provide investment in new and refurbished safe spaces for young people, so that they can access youth workers, and enjoy beneficial activities outside of school, including sporting and cultural pursuits.
Skills, Education and Training:
- I want all children in Wolverhampton to have a great start in life, with great training opportunities and personalised careers support. In addition to a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme to create hundreds of thousands of subsidised jobs for those aged 16-24, the Chancellor has announced a tripling of investment in traineeships for 2020-21 and an injection of £32 million into the National Careers Service to provide advice to a further quarter of a million young people. More details here.
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