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