Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

24 JUL 2017

Steve Brine welcomes boost to core schools budget

Steve Brine has welcomed the announcement that there will be an additional £1.3 billion for schools funding over two years – helping to create more good school places across Winchester & Chandler's Ford.

The Education Secretary, Justine Greening, announced the boost to the core schools budget, which will deliver the biggest improvement to the school funding system for well over a decade.

This additional funding to the fairer schools funding will mean an increase in the basic amount that every pupil will get, as well as protected funding for those with high needs, and will ensure every local authority is in a position to give schools a cash increase through the new formula.

This means that, working with teachers and schools across the country, the Government can continue to raise standards and give every child the best possible education, and the best opportunities for their future.

Steve Brine said: "This is excellent news and is another step to fulfilling the manifesto promise we made at this year's election.  I have worked well with headteachers, parents and governors on this issue, using my position in Government to ensure local voices are heard.

"We are committed to ending the postcode lottery of school funding, so all children receive the education they deserve and historically under-funded areas such as Hampshire, catch-up. This announcement sends a clear message and creates a new baseline which is extremely welcome. I will be scrutinising the individual school allocations for 2018/19 when they are published in September and will remain close to constituency heads as always."

Pictured; Steve Brine with children from Stanmore Primary School in Parliament

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