New funding formula could mean a better deal for Rugby pupils

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A new funding formula could mean a better deal for pupils in Rugby.

The Chancellor has committed to introducing fair school funding as part of the recent Comprehensive Spending Review. A new funding formula will set a national rate that every school will receive for each pupil, with additional funding for those with extra needs.

Crucially, from 2017-18 onwards the resources schools and local authorities will receive will be based on pupil characteristics rather than historic political calculations. The announcement signals an end to the current situation where the ten best funded areas of England receive an average 30 per cent more in funding per pupil.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey said: “One of the schools most significantly affected by the old funding model was Rugby High School and during my time as Rugby’s MP I have met with schools, teachers and parents to discuss this topic. I want to thank all those in the local community who have supported the F40 campaign.”

Charlotte Marten, head teacher at Rugby High, said: “This is something that has been needed for a very long time. It will make a significant difference to educational provision for children living in poorly funded areas such as Warwickshire, helping to ensure the future of subjects such as music and German.”