Today's announcement means that more children across Richmond and Twickenham will be able to access a world-class education thanks to a major funding boost. The Conservative Government has confirmed schools in LBRuT will receive an average of 5.1% more funding per pupil next year as part of the recent multi-billion investment in primary and secondary education.
I welcome this new funding, as it is a commitment that every secondary school pupil will receive a minimum of £5,000 next year and every primary school pupil will receive a minimum of £4,000 by 2021-22 - this will reassure parents of the Government’s promise to deliver the best for their children. This funding follows the Prime Minister’s announcement in August that the budget for schools and high needs would be increased by a total of over £14 billion over three years, rising to £52.2 billion by 2022-23. Schools and local authorities today found out how the first part of that investment - to the tune of £2.6 billion - will be allocated for the coming year. The extra money, available from April, will ensure that per-pupil funding for all schools can rise at least in line with inflation and will deliver promised gains in full for areas which have been historically under-funded.
We are lifting per pupil funding to a minimum of £5,000 for secondary school pupils and £4,000 for primary school pupils, as well as providing £700 million more for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, as announced in August this year.
I'm also pleased to note that the government are recruiting and retaining more teachers, so that the best talent is drawn into our schools. We have increased the salary for new teachers to £30,000 by 2022/23, an increase of up to £6,000, announced earlier this year in June. There are also now 12,000 more teachers than in 2010.