21 December 2023
James Sunderland welcomes funding boost for schools in Bracknell Constituency as the Government brings school funding to its highest level in history

James has welcomed the news that schools in England are set to benefit from record funding as England’s core school budget reaches almost £60 billion in 2024-25 – its highest ever level in real terms – with the Bracknell Constituency set to benefit from a total funding increase of £1,792,141 in 2024-25 compared to 2023-24.

Thanks to the Government’s widespread education reforms, England continues to rise up the global rankings in maths, reading, and science. Just this month, England was ranked 11th in the world for maths, up from 27th in 2009, placing England as one of the top performing countries in the western world, and in May, England was named ‘best in the west’ for primary reading.

Sir Keir Starmer said that Wales will be a ‘blueprint for what Labour can do across the UK’, yet Labour-run Wales is behind England, Scotland and Northern Ireland in maths, reading and science, in addition to ranking worst in the UK for the fifth time running in PISA 2018 with results lower than the OECD average in every case.

As education standards continue to rise across England, so is support for schools. That is why this Government is increasing funding for schools in England to the highest ever in real terms per pupil.

Pupil premium funding rates will increase to £1,480 for primary pupils and £1,050 for secondary pupils in 2024-25, an increase of ten per cent since 2021-22, to support schools in disadvantaged areas to raise educational outcomes for the pupils who need it most.

This funding also includes an extra £440 million investment to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to fund special schools and provide mainstream schools with additional resources to meet the needs of pupils with complex SEND.

The Government is continuing to deliver long-term decisions to ensure our education system is fit for every child, giving them the best start in life and ensuring that they develop all the skills they need to fulfil their potential.

Commenting James said:

“Education is the closest thing we have to a silver bullet to transform life choices, and I know that our schools are a top priority for many people across the Bracknell Constituency.

“That is why I welcome the Government’s decision to increase total funding for schools across Bracknell, Crowthorne, Finchampstead, Sandhurst and Wokingham Without by £1,792,141 next year, as education funding reaches almost £60 billion in 2024-25.

“This funding will help ensure that schools across the country have the funding and tools they need to make sure every child receives the world class education they deserve for a brighter future.”

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said:

“Our schools and our teachers are better than ever – and it’s so important that as standards continue to rise, so does our support for schools.

“That is why boosting school funding was the first thing I did as Education Secretary, and why I will continue to make sure our brilliant schools and teachers have the tools they need to make sure every child receives a world class education.

“I know costs for schools continue to be high, but ensuring schools are funded at their highest level in history in real terms will give parents and schools the confidence that education continues to be the top for this Government.”