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FF4S Campaign

Fairer funding for local schools

In the past, North Somerset schools have had one of the worst Government funding deals in the country. In 2009 we got £138 less education cash per pupil than Bath, £625 less than Bristol, and a whopping £2,628 less than Tower Hamlets in London.

Under the last Labour Government John ran a long campaign, which included taking the issue directly to the door of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. The work paid off and, in the end, we got an extra £321 per pupil.

Since 2010 the new coalition Government has introduced the ‘pupil premium’, which provides extra cash specifically for students from less-well-off backgrounds. For example in 2012 it brought in an extra £600 for every child who has been on Free School Meals in the last six years. John is a big fan of the idea, because it’s starting to iron out the old, unfair funding gaps and targets the money where it’s needed most.

So local pupils are getting a fairer deal now, even though the gap hasn’t gone entirely yet. And lots of other changes are being introduced as well. For example, in 2011 we got an increase of almost a quarter in our capital grant to spend on improving school buildings and equipment; four local secondary schools are now academies; and everyone (including Weston College where John is proud to have been a Governor for many years) is delivering some brilliant recent GCSE and A-Level results which bucked the national trend by rising strongly.

So we’ve come a long way, but there’s more to do. John has pledged to keep fighting for fairer funding until the gap is closed, so students at schools in Weston, Worle and the Villages get the same chances as pupils in other parts of the country.

Updates



MP gives unwavering support to plans for £5m new science block

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MP John Penrose has given his full support to a high-flying North Somerset school that is hoping to replace a ‘dilapidated’ 1950s building with a state-of-the-art science and technology block...

 

Cheddar Valley Gazette: North Somerset MP John Penrose delighted by National Funding Formula

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Weston's MP celebrated the end of a long campaign last week as the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced in his Autumn Statement that the Government will introduce a proper National Funding Formula for schools for the first time ever.

 

Video: John Penrose Congratulates Weston College

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John Penrose congratulates Weston College's staff and students on the fantastic news that the College has earned University Centre status.

 

Bristol Post: Weston-super-Mare step closer to becoming university town as college given University Centre status

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John Penrose has welcomed the news that Weston College has been granted University Centre status, bringing Weston-super-Mare one step closer to becoming a university town.

 

Weston Mercury: Politician goes to preschool

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The Weston Mercury report on the news that John Penrose has visited a local preschool in order to speak with staff about their plans to open another site so that they can increase the number of students they are able to teach during the week.

 
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