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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



Weston Mercury: New £250k sixth form centre opened by MP

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http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/polopoly_fs/sixth_form_ext_churchill_1of2_twright_mar30_1_1341292!image/1603982893.jpgThe Weston Mercury reports on a new sixth form centre extension that has been opened by John Penrose MP at an academy school this week. 

 

Weston Mercury: Olympic £50,000 will transform soccer club

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http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/polopoly_fs/worle_fc_1_1338568!image/3494999898.jpgWeston-super-Mare's MP, John Penrose, was able to hand to Worle Football Club an Olympic fudning cheque to the tune of £50,000 that will be used to create ‘a fantastic sporting legacy for Worle’.

 

Weston Mercury: Pupils challenge Penrose

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http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/polopoly_fs/literacy_worle_sch_1of1_bethe_jan27_1_1192755!image/3162233343.jpgThe Weston Mercury reports as John Penrose takes questions from Worle Community School on the issue of Government spending and how it concerns them as residents of Weston-super-Mare.

 

Weston Mercury: Students’ designs for MP's Christmas Card Competition unveiled

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The Weston Mercury reports on MP John Penrose's annual Christmas Card competition that has some of the most talented young artists in and around Weston battling it out by crafting a festive card for him to send to contacts.

 

Weston Mercury: MP’s support for young free runners

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The Weston Mercury reports on MP John Penrose's support of a free running group that opened in Weston in early 2011. The group, which was founded by two constituents, aged just 18 and 19, was recently granted £10,000 from Sports Relief.

 


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