Fair Funding for Devon Schools

Did you know

  • Devon gets the fourth lowest Government grant for education in England. We are the 148th lowest funded out of 151 English authorities.
  • According to Government funding, every pupil in Devon is worth £375 less than the national average and that cannot be fair.
  • Schools face similar costs wherever they are. Staff pay is set nationally, not locally. But Devon schools often pay higher energy bills than other parts of England.

I had been asked to sign a petition from the Hands up for Fairer School Funding campaign for fair funding in Devon Schools http://www.fairfundingfordevonschools.org.uk The petition actually looks like it’s been closed and sent to 10 Downing Street now. I think this is the case when they have enough names on it.

Ten key facts about funding for schools in Devon

  1. The Government distributes funding for schools through local councils and each education authority historically has received different funding
  2. Devon is the 148th lowest funded out of 151 education authorities in England
  3. This year Devon is receiving £3,842 for every pupil
  4. The top funded authority in the country – City of London – receives £7,603
  5. The national average is £4,217
  6. So every pupil in a Devon school is effectively worth £375 less – every year – than the national average.  This amounts to £35 million less funding for Devon children’s education
  7. For a 1,000-pupil secondary school in Devon this amounts to £375,000 lost from the budget every year
  8. For a 200-pupil primary school in Devon this amounts to £75,000 lost from the budget every year
  9. But all schools face similar costs wherever they are. Staff pay is set nationally, not locally
  10. And Devon schools often pay higher energy bills and have higher travel costs than other parts of England.

Extra small condoms for 12 year-old boys go on sale in Switzerland

Just read a discussion about this article in The Telegraph over on NetMums and had to add it to my blog as it’s so interesting following my article from yesterday on how to reduce teenage pregnancies in the UK.

Alexandra Williams reports that “the ‘Hotshot’ condom has been produced after government research showed 12 – 14 year olds do not have sufficient protection when having sex.”

Emily on NetMums says “Personally, I think it just gives out the message it’s ok for them to have sex.”

Tracey adds “ok – im in fear of being shot down here BUT the uk currently have the most prudish approach to sex education and the highest teen pregnancy rates outside of the usa. I did a study on teenage pregnancy and the epidimiology speaks for itself really. Switzerland has the 3rd lowest teen pregnancy rate in the world and a teen pregnancy rate of aprox 7 in 1000 where as the uk has aprox 30 in a 1000.”

Emma says “I hope along with these condoms for sale, there is extra attention advertised alongside them, to the fact they are not 100% protective against pregnancy and disease. If these are available then what is going to become available for girls to take as protection?  Having sex at 12 is illegal, and if they these extra small condoms are available to 12 year olds, then whoever sells them are they breaking the law? And if underage 12 year olds can buy them, what is to say a 7-8-9-10 etc year old can’t?? where do you draw the line when they are all classed as underage?”

Read the whole discussion over on Netmums – the local parenting network

You can read the whole article here