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Funding for schools in Surrey to rise by 4.62% per pupil

Published: 15 October 2019

Government announces increase in funding

Funding for schools in Surrey will rise by 4.62% per pupil from April next year, ensuring that funding per-pupil for all schools can rise at least in line with inflation. This also means that areas which have historically been under-funded can start to see some improvements with more financial support.

Surrey County Council has welcomed the funding increase from the Government which will ensure more children in Surrey will be able to access a world-class education and have the best possible start to life. This follows the Prime Minister's announcement in August of a £14 billion uplift to the budget for schools and funding for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities who need extra support at school. The confirmed increase will be over the next three years and is available from April.

This will mean the total schools budget will rise to £52.2 billion by 2022-23. Government figures state that this boost means that every secondary school will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year while every primary school will get a minimum of £4,000 per pupil from 2021-22.

Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning at Surrey County Council, Cllr Julie Iles, said:

"We owe it to our children in Surrey to ensure that they have the best choices, that there are no barriers to opportunity, and that they are able to fully realise their potential. This extra funding will contribute greatly towards achieving this.

By giving all our schools a budget increase, teachers can plan with more certainty and it will help in boosting standards to ensure all pupils are given the best possible start in life regardless of their background or circumstances."

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