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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.


New PE and Sports Funding for local Primary Schools

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Weston’s MP John Penrose is delighted by this week’s announcement that £265,000 extra cash has been granted to fund PE and sports in Primary Schools in Weston, Worle and the villages.


Penrose welcomes fairer funding deal for Weston’s schools

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Weston's MP John Penrose has welcomed the Government’s promise of fairer school funding made in yesterday’s spending review, after many years campaigning for a better deal for Weston’s schools.


Weston Mercury: How our schools are spending their Pupil Premium

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In this week's article for The Weston Mercury, John talks about his visit to Worle School to see how they’ve been using the new Pupil Premium money which the Government has been dishing out for the last couple of years.


Local MP celebrates as Weston College receives £2.6million grant

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Weston's MP, John Penrose, celebrates following the Skills Minister's announcement that Weston College is one of 47 colleges in the UK to benefit from a £214 million investment which is part the Government’s New Skills Strategy.


Weston Mercury: Town MP backs plans for new free school

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The Weston Mercury reports on MP John Penrose's support for Priory Community School's proposal to set up a new free school within the academy’s existing boundaries.


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