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LOCAL SCHOOLS FUNDING BOOST

Over £2.8 million of additional funding will be invested in local schools from over the coming school year, part of the largest cash increase to school funding in a decade.

The funding boost will see an increase in per pupil funding for every school in the Havant Constituency by at least 2%, with some such as Purbrook Infant School, Morelands Primary School and Mengham Infant School receiving more than double this.

Nationally the overall schools budget is rising by is 3.2%. However, in Havant the rise in the overall budget for all our schools combined is 4.2%.

Every school in Havant will also continue to receive more than the national minimum in terms of per-pupil funding. Each primary school receives £4,891 per pupil on average and each secondary school receives £6,219 on average. The national minimum per-pupil funding figure is £4,265 (per primary pupil) and £5525 (per secondary pupil).

The announced rise fulfils the Government’s commitment to invest an additional £14.4 billion in English schools in the three years up to 2022-23, with an extra £7.1 billion of funding due in the coming year alone. As part of this commitment, support for children with special educational needs and disabilities will receive a particular boost in the next school year of £780 million, or an additional 9.6 per cent. This follows the £1.5 billion increase over the previous two years, and brings the total high needs budget to £8.9 billion, an increase of over a third since 2019-20.

The rise also comes on top of the over £3 billion which has already been committed to support education recovery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local MP Alan Mak said: “I’ve campaigned in Westminster for more funding for local schools since 2015 and I’m delighted that every school in the Havant Constituency is getting an increase in per pupil funding.

Posted on Mon, October 25 2021