Burnham-On-Sea's MP launches campaign for fairer school funding
MP Tessa Munt will lead a delegation of representatives from the
Somerset Schools Forum and other Somerset MPs to meet the Secretary
of State for Education, Michael Gove, later this month.
meeting comes after a constructive morning of discussion last
week, when representatives from the Forum came to Parliament to
discuss securing a fairer funding agreement for local schools
says that currently school funding in Somerset is ranked 133rd
out of 151 local authority areas at £415 per pupil less
than the England average, totalling a staggering £28.5m
shortfall each year!
MP told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Historically, Governments have
used an overly simplistic formula to allocate funding for schools,
but with such a diverse range of rural and urban schools, Somerset's
children miss out."
first, infant, primary, junior, middle, secondary and upper schools
to consider, and pupil numbers from 17 to nearly 1,400 pupils,
it is clear that as the formula doesn't work, something has to
change. We will be asking the Secretary of State to investigate
negotiating enough local flexibility into the funding formula
to help Somerset schools."
money is tight, it isn't easy to change long-standing arrangements.
However, it is important that the Government recognises the unique
challenges faced in rural areas. I believe Michael Gove is sympathetic
to our joint aims, and I am hopeful that he can address this anomaly
in future negotiations. Somerset can then get a fairer deal for
its children and its schools."