MATT WARMAN MP CALLS FOR BETTER DISTRIBUTION OF SCHOOL FUNDING

Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, has called on Education Ministers to consider distributing the new schools funding formula in a fairer way.

In this week’s Education Questions in Parliament, Matt spoke of his recent Constituency Schools’ Conference for headteachers and governors and highlighted that, while many attendees welcomed the extra £4.6 million funding Lincolnshire is proposed to gain, they felt it could be better distributed so as to address the unique needs of the county’s schools.

Ministers confirmed to Matt, and other MPs who asked about school funding, that they will be looking closely at all submission to their funding formula consultation, which closes this week, before coming to their final conclusions.

After the session, Matt commented, “I was grateful to the Secretary of State for supporting my Schools’ Conference, and I do welcome the Government’s overall work to address inequalities which have existed for decades in our education funding. However, Lincolnshire faces unique educational challenges, particularly for secondary schools, so I would be pleased to see any modifications to the new funding formula which would allow the additional money to be spread more evenly between schools and ensure that none lose out. I will certainly be paying close attention to the outcome of the schools funding consultation and continue to lobby ministers to make sure that it addresses the concerns raised by schools in Boston and Skegness.”

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