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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.


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.


Cheddar Valley Gazette to John: "How do you think your party meets the needs and challenges of today’s young people?"

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The Cheddar Valley Gazette has been in touch once again, this time to ask John's views on education and the challenges of young people. John speaks about how important it is to ensure we get education right so that young people growing up can make the best choices and grasp the best prospects throughout their lives.


John Penrose takes petition for fairer funding formula to Downing Street

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This week, Weston MP John Penrose took signed petitions from the Weston Mercury’s campaign for a fairer funding formula to Downing Street.


Pupils of Weston and the Villages still ‘deserve better’ says MP

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John Penrose MP has echoed calls from local headteachers who feel that the schools of Weston and the Villages need fairer funding if they are to maintain their excellent standards of education...


Weston Mercury: MP presents award to nursery

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The Weston Mercury reports that staff members at the Rainbow Montessori Nursery School in Winscombe were delighted when MP John Penrose presented them with an accreditation award.


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