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Gloucestershire schools funding increase - what it means

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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SINCE the 1970s, generations of Gloucestershire children in state schools have missed out.

Gloucestershire is in the bottom 40 of the ‘league table’ for schools funding per pupil.

Successive Governments have ignored Gloucestershire County Council’s demands for more for decades.

In terms of funding, the county has been at around 136 in the table of 151 local authorities, and while this welcome news might not move Gloucestershire up the batting order, it will ensure its figures will be closer to the authorities above it.

As a whole, Gloucestershire gets £316million a year for its state schools - both academies, and schools funded via the county council.

An extra £9.6million for those schools means the average minimum funding per pupil will rise from around £4,203 to approximately £4,331 in 2015/16.

It’s not in the top 15 of local authority areas which stand to gain the most.

An additional £350million will be spent by the Government on the least fairly-funded areas in 2015/16. After already making the funding allocation system fairer for this year, the Government is making moves towards improving it for after 2015/16.

The Association of School and College Leaders welcomed the Government’s new minimum per pupil funding guarantee - but the union also claimed that a 2.3 per cent increase for schools and colleges in pension contributions, announced by the Treasury, plus a likely 1 per cent hike in teachers’ salaries will cost schools and colleges around £340 million – meaning most will not be better off.

When the extra money comes through, headteachers will make a case for it, and it will be shared out according to need in consultation with the Gloucestershire Schools Forum.

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