Copeland MP welcomes huge cash boost for education

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison has welcomed the Government’s cash boost for education which will see over £14billion invested in primary and secondary education between now and 2022/23.

This means next year, in every part of the country, every school will see a real terms rise in their funding.

The announcement delivers on Boris Johnson’s pledge when entering Downing Street to increase school funding by £4.6bn above inflation, levelling up education funding and giving all young people the same opportunities to succeed.

It includes every secondary school receiving a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year, with every primary school getting a minimum of £4,000 from 2021/22. And there will be £700million extra for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in 2020/21

Under further plans, announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, all teachers will be paid at least £30,000 a year following a £6,000 pay rise for new starters – the biggest increase in two decades.

Mrs Harrison said: “As a previous school governor I know the difference this will make. I’ve served on the Education Select Committee and now support the Secretary of State for Education and have visited most of the 56 schools in my constituency.

“From all I have seen, this extra funding will bring a vital boost and is absolutely necessary to deliver a world class education. Teachers transform lives, there is no doubt about that and it’s right that we are able to recruit and retain the best in class.”

Further education and sixth form colleges will receive £400 million additional funding.