Schools: Suffolk

Department for Education written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding of secondary and primary schools in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (b) Suffolk; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

We are determined to create a country that works for everyone. That is why we are delivering on our promise to reform the unfair, opaque and outdated school and high needs funding systems and introduce the national funding formula. Commencing in 2018-19, the national funding formula will allocate funding on the basis of the specific characteristics of every school and pupil.

For Suffolk County Council, the national funding formula means an increase in schools funding of 4.7% per pupil in 2018-19. Suffolk will also receive a 3.6% increase in its high needs budget in 2018-19, subject to technical adjustments made later in the year to reflect the latest data.

Allocations for 2018-19 for each local authority were confirmed on 19 December 2017 and is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-dsg-2018-to-2019. The allocations take into account the latest pupil numbers from the October 2017 census.

Schools in the constituency of Bury St Edmunds are attracting an additional 2.6% per pupil through the national funding formula in 2018-19. Their final budgets for 2018-19 will however be determined through the local formula set by Suffolk County Council.

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