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School Funding and Further Education Outcomes Report

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Today’s Education in the Media blog responds to the Save Our Schools campaign group, as well as the Further Education Outcomes statistical release.

School Funding

Today, Thursday 24 October, the parent campaign group Save Our Schools is calling on parents around the country to take part in a demonstration about school funding. This was covered by the Independent.

The £14bn extra funding package for schools includes £2.6 billion for 2020-21, £4.8 billion for 2021-22, and £7.1 billion for 2022-23 compared to 2019-20. On top of this we are providing £1.5 billion each year to fund additional pensions costs for teachers. This will bring the schools budget to £52.2bn in 2022-23, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said this will reverse school funding to previous levels.

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

This government has announced the biggest funding boost for schools in a decade which will give every school more money for every child. This means that every school in the country can see per pupil funding rise in line with inflation next year. To suggest otherwise is simply misleading.

All secondary schools will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year, while all primary schools will get a minimum of £4,000 from 2021-22 – with the biggest increases going to the schools that need it most.

We’re investing a total of £14 billion more in schools over the next three years to give schools, teachers and parents the certainty to plan, improve standards and ensure all children get the top quality education they deserve.

Further Education Statistical Release

Today, the Department published the Further Education Outcomes 2016/17 statistical release. This measures the progression of learners throughout their further education training.

This year, additional detail has been provided on the learning destinations, including the type of provision, and the level of learning.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

It is brilliant to see that so many further education students and apprentices are securing a job, or continuing with their studies. It is also great news that they are seeing such year on year increases to their wages too.

We want to make sure more people can access high-quality further education or training so they can gain the skills they need to progress. To support this drive we have announced an additional £400 million for sixth forms and colleges for 2020-2021 - the single biggest annual uplift since 2010. We are also transforming technical education including through the introduction of new T Level qualifications from next year, new Institutes of Technology and the creation of more high-quality apprenticeship opportunities.

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