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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



Learn the lesson from the chalkface urges Penrose

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has written to Education Secretary Ruth Kelly MP urging a rethink on the Government’s plans for introducing new staffing structures in local schools...

 

MP 'bitterly disappionted' by cuts to weston college funding

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has taken the fight to save Weston College’s adult education courses from threatened funding cuts to the top. He took up the issue at a private meeting with Further Education Minster Bill Rammell MP on Tuesday (28th June).

 


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