Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Fair Funding For Schools Announcement Welcomed

Campaigners fighting for a fairer deal for Cambridgeshire’s schools have welcomed the announcement by Chancellor George Osborne today that a fairer funding system will be in place for 2015-16.

Cambridgeshire is currently the worst funded authority in the country for schools – and headteachers and MPs have been campaigning for years to secure a fairer system of funding so Cambridgeshire’s schoolchildren do not lose out.

The Cambridgeshire Schools Forum – chaired by Bottisham Village College Chair of Governors Philip Hodgson – has been leading the campaign, supported by Cambridgeshire County Council, academies and maintained schools and the region’s MPs.

The Chancellor announced in his Spending Review today (June 26) that a national funding formula for schools would be in place for the year 2015-16.

Cllr David Harty, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Learning said: "We are delighted that the continuing lobbying of the Cambridgeshire Schools' Forum, County Councillors and local MPs has finally resulted in a firm commitment to address the low funding issues that have faced Cambridgeshire’s schools for far too long.  Although we recognise there is still a long way to go for complete equity across the country, the move to introduce a national funding formula from 2015/16 provides some light at the end of the tunnel.”

Philip Hodgson, Chair of the Cambridgeshire Schools’ Forum added: “This is very welcome news, and we are extremely grateful for support we have had from headteachers, governors and parents. Obviously we will need to wait until further details are announced over the coming months as to exactly how these changes are to be implemented and the resulting impact for individual schools, but we will continue to lobby ministers and work with the Department for Education to try and achieve the best outcomes for Cambridgeshire’s schools."