Local MP Welcomes Rise in School Funding for Local Schools

Local MP for Hastings and Rye, Sally-Ann Hart, has welcomed the recent data being published by the Department for Education which shows that per pupil funding for all schools in Hastings and Rye will rise on the previous year.

On average primary schools will see an increase of 3.7% and secondary schools will get a rise of 3.6%. This is total for the next academic year of £61.7 million for schools in Hastings and Rye.

Following this latest round of funding, Sally-Ann said “improving education standards and ensuring the offering to local children is of the highest quality and well-funded, is a top priority of mine. I am therefore very pleased that every school in the constituency will receive an increase to their pupil funding in the next academic year.”

This increase is part of a £4.8 billion boost in 2021 compared with 2019, in the next step to level up funding across the country. This on the back of other recent announcements to support schools through the Covid-19 pandemic with a £1 billion Covid Catch-up Package.

Each secondary school across England will attract a minimum of £5,150 per pupil and each primary a minimum of £4,000 per pupil under the national funding formula from 2021, up from the £5,000 and £3,750 which schools are receiving this year in the first year of the funding settlement.

“Every child in Hastings and Rye deserves the best possible start in life through a fantastic education, and this in part is down to properly funding the schools, teachers and resources needed to provide this. I am determined as the local MP to ensure we continue to properly fund our schools, ensuring that the talent of every child is unleashed so their ambitions can be realised. This is a good announcement but there is now more to do to ensure every child receives the world-class education they deserve,” said Sally-Ann.