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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.


Weston MP welcomes extra Government money for North Somerset’s schools

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John Penrose celebrated today as Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced that North Somerset is amongst the local authorities who will receive a significant share of a new £500million capital grant for schools.



Weston Mercury: John Penrose MP launches £10million Green Technology project at Weston College

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The Weston Mercury reports on John Penrose MP's launching the three-stage redevelopment of the college’s South West Skills Campus on Locking Road.


Weston Mercury: MP presents award to children who have learnt their rights at school

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The Weston Mercury report on John Penrose presenting pupils with an award to show their becoming more aware of rights as children in school.


North Somerset Times: MP meets winner of youth election

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North Somerset Times reports on John Penrose MP as he meets with a Gordano School pupil who has been elected as North Somerset’s next member of youth parliament.


Funding secures Academy’s future

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose is celebrating today following confirmation the government has allocated £14m to turn Wyvern School into an academy...


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