Laura Sharman 04 September 2019

Spending Round 19: Schools receive £7.1bn funding boost

Spending Round 19: Schools receive £7.1bn funding boost image

School spending will increase by £7.1bn by 2022-23, the chancellor confirmed today.

In his Spending Review, Sajid Javid said schools were being be given a three-year resource settlement to ensure day-to-day funding can rise at least in-line with inflation.

The funding will provide every secondary school a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year, with every primary school receiving at least £3,700 per pupil.

Mr Javid also confirmed over £700m would be allocated to support children with special educational needs – an 11% increase compared to last year’s funding.

However, John McDonnell shadow chancellor said: '£700m was announced for children with special needs and disabilities. But does the chancellor not know that the Local Government Association has found that councils already face a funding shortfall for SEN children of £1.2bn by 2021? The reality is that children will still be left vulnerable and in need.'

Ambitious about Autism welcomed the funding but said it falls short of what’s required.

'While additional funding for children with SEND including autism is welcome, sadly the scale of underfunding is a lot greater than £700m. The recent report from the Commons Education Committee clearly points to a high-needs deficit of more than £1bn by 2021,' said chief executive Jolanta Lasota.

Earlier this week, prime minister Boris Johnson said: those schools that have been historically underfunded would receive the greatest increase.

Under the announcement today, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has also been tasked with developing plans for a youth investment fund to help deliver more youth centres.

Visit The MJ to find out how Barking & Dagenham is providing positive diversionary activities and role models by opening a Future Youth Zone.

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