National Funding Formula

Education – in the House of Commons on 23rd November 2020.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough

What steps his Department is taking to ensure that schools receive equitable levels of funding under the national funding formula.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Education

The national funding formula distributes funding based on school and pupil characteristics. Despite budget pressures due to covid, we have increased funding for the lowest-funded schools to ensure every school has the resources it needs to deliver an outstanding education, with at least £5,150 per pupil next year for all secondary schools and £4,000 per pupil for primary schools.

Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough

The headmaster of Caistor Grammar School has contacted me. This school produces, for kids from all sorts of backgrounds, some of the best results in the east midlands, but its buildings are in a shocking state. He has been refused a condition improvement grant, despite the fact that he has temporary and mobile classrooms that are classed by the Secretary of State’s Department as grade A. Will the Secretary of State assure me that, in his national funding formula negotiations, there is no discrimination against grammar schools? I often find that, while the education is wonderful, the buildings are peeling.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Education

I can absolutely assure my right hon. Friend that there will be no discrimination shown against grammar schools. I encourage him to be in contact with the school as the next round of condition improvement funding is due in January next year. I very much encourage that school, as well as other schools in his constituency, to apply. That gives me the opportunity to highlight the fact that we are spending more on the condition and improvement of our schools, with an extra half a billion pounds allocated to support schools and their rebuilding.[This section has been corrected on 24 November 2020, column 6MC — read correction]