*Photo taken well before social distancing measures were introduced.
- Government announces an overall 4.8% increase for schools in Wolverhampton South West.
- It brings the total funding for 2021-22 to £65,601,869.
- Every school in Wolverhampton South West will receive at least a 2% increase in funding under National Funding Formula (NFF) arrangements.
- Extra funding is in addition to funds for exceptional costs schools have incurred due to Covid-19.
The Government has published provisional school and high needs funding allocations for 2021-22 – the second year of a three-year funding commitment.
In Wolverhampton South West, total funding for all schools will increase by 4.8% in 2021-22. This means that the total funding for schools in 2021-21 will stand at £65,601,869.
Under National Funding Formula arrangements, per pupil funding will increase by 3.4% in Wolverhampton South West on average. The minimum per pupil funding levels will ensure that every primary school receives at least £4,000 per pupil, and every secondary school at least £5,150 per pupil.
Last year, the Government announced the biggest cash boost to school funding in a decade, worth a total of £14.4 billion over three years. Schools are already benefitting from a £2.6bn increase this year, which will rise to £4.8bn in 2021-22 and £7.1bn in 2022-23, compared to 2019-20. In addition, the Government continues to fund the recent increase in pension costs for teachers, worth £1.5bn a year.
The investment includes a further increase of £730m in high needs funding next year, to support children with special education needs and disabilities, on top of the £780m increase local authorities are receiving in 2020-21. This is an increase of 10% and brings the total high needs budget to over £8bn.
Between March and July 2020, schools have been able to claim extra funding for exceptional costs incurred due to Covid-19 such as additional cleaning required due to confirmed or suspected Coronavirus cases and increased premises costs to keep schools open for priority groups during the Easter and summer half term holidays.
The Government has also announced further detail of the ‘catch up’ package for the next academic year, worth a total of £1bn. This includes a ‘Catch Up Premium’ worth £650m to help make up for lost teaching time for all pupils. A new £350m national tutoring programme for disadvantaged students has also been announced. It will increase access to high quality tuition for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people, helping to accelerate their academic progress and tackling the attainment gap.
On the 29th of June, the Government also announced a £560 million of additional condition funding. £182 million will be allocated to fund a further 580 Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) projects from the 2020-21 application round at 548 eligible academies, sixth form colleges and non-diocesan voluntary aided schools. Stuart is pleased that the list of successful projects includes Dunstall Hill Primary School in Wolverhampton South West.
In a letter to MPs, the Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson MP wrote: “As the country moves through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, never has the essential role that schools play in our communities been more apparent. The Government is more committed than ever to its mission to level up opportunity and transform the lives and prospects of a generation… we are continuing to back that mission with significant investment in our schools.”
Stuart Anderson MP said: “We are levelling up school funding and delivering resources where they are needed the most. This funding increase will help to deliver an important pledge in the manifesto upon which I stood for election – that every pupil gets the qualifications that they need for a prosperous future, while learning in an environment where they will be happy and fulfilled. I also welcome the increase in high needs funding, which will help local authorities to manage their cost pressures in this area, while enabling children with the most complex SEND to access the education that is the most appropriate for them.”