20th Oct, 2017

Evesham's MP lends support to fairer funding campaign

Joshua Godfrey 11th Sep, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PARENTS haved called on Evesham’s MP Nigel Huddleston for help over their campaign to secure fairer funding for their children’s schools.

Campaign group Fair Pupil Funding met with Mr Huddleston to put pressure on the Government to reform the school’s funding system, which they say is unfair and leaves schools in Worcestershire as some of the worst funded in the country.

The campaign’s co-ordinator, Fizz Bewley, said: “The government needs to introduce a national formula that will fund every area based on its actual pupil needs. There must be a fair and scaled approach to funding extra learning support for pupils irrespective of where they live.”

During the meeting Mr Huddleston agreed to pass on the group’s concerns to the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

They hope this will result in better funding for the county’s schools.

Mr Huddleston said that the talks with Fair Pupil Funding were productive and agreed that Worcestershire is one of the lowest funded counties.

“I am a strong supporter of the F40 campaign for fairer funding and have had several meetings with government ministers over the last few weeks about the issue of school funding in Worcestershire.

“The good news is that the government agrees and the promise for a change in the formula was in the Conservative Party election manifesto,” he said.

Fair Pupil Funding warns that the education of children in Worcestershire is at risk if urgent reforms are not put in place.

But, Mr Huddleston continued to say that the campaign has secured an extra £6.7 million for local schools.

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