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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.


Local school children are stars in MP’s Christmas card competition

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Over 800 children from 17 schools in Weston, Worle and the villages competed to design the front of local MP John Penrose’s Christmas card this year...


MP chats to Weston-super-Mum

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose was grilled by local parents in a question and answers session in the chat room last week (Monday, 6th December)...


Weston Mercury: MPs Annual Christmas Card Competition Attracts over 800 Entries

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The Weston Mercury reports on the talented pupils who have been drawing pictures of a Weston Winter Wonderland for MP John Penrose’s Christmas card competition.


John chats to Weston-super-Mum

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John was joined by local parents in the Election Chat Room yesterday (Wednesday 28th April), to answer questions about what a Conservative Government would do for parents, children and families in Weston and the villages...


Local pupils design MP's Christmas card

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Over 800 children from 15 schools in Weston and the villages competed to design the front of local MP John Penrose's Christmas card this year. The MP has been running the competition for the last four years and this year the theme, ‘Weston – Dreaming of a White Christmas', really got children's imagination flowing leading to a record-breaking number of entrants.


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