Schools across Leigh will benefit from further significant government investment, with £77,283,987 of total funding promised in 2021/22.
The boost, a 3.9 per cent increase, has been welcomed by Leigh MP James Grundy, who was contacted by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson on the government’s plans.
In the letter, Mr Williamson said:
“As the country moves through the Coronavirus pandemic, never has the essential role that schools play in our communities been more apparent. The Government is more committed than ever to its mission to level up opportunity and transform the lives and prospects of a generation.
“Last year I announced the biggest cash boost to school funding in a decade, worth a total of £14.4 billion over three years. Schools are already benefitting from a £2.6bn increase this year, which will rise to £4.8bn in 2021-22 and £7.1bn in 2022-23, compared to 2019-20. In addition, we continue to fund the recent increase in pension costs for teachers, worth £1.5bn a year.
“We are now delivering the second year of that three-year funding commitment and have published provisional school and high needs funding allocations for 2021-22, helping schools to plan their future funding during this challenging period.”
Primary schools across the constituency will see a £4,535 increase per pupil funding, while secondary schools will see a £5,840 increase in per pupil funding for 2021/2022.
The news has been welcomed by Mr Grundy, who said:
“This is great news for pupils across Leigh. Education is so important, and this funding shows the government’s commitment to ensure all children have access to the best standard of learning possible to help equip them for the future.”