City schools to receive additional funding if changes to framework are agreed

Published: Monday, 6th January 2020

Changes to the local funding framework mean that city schools will be allocated additional funding if approved by the city council’s Cabinet next week.

The annual review of our local funding framework took place in autumn 2019 and the proposals for 2020/21 were unanimously supported by the local Schools Forum in November 2019. This review includes an increase in the minimum per pupil funding levels from £3,500 to £3,750 for all primary schools, and from £4,800 to £5,000 for all secondary schools. The additional funding comes following an announcement from government to invest more than £14 billion in primary and secondary education across the UK between now and 2022/23, giving schools a three-year resource settlement.

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy said: “It’s fantastic that schools in Stoke-on-Trent will be provided with additional funding. We want every young person in the city to have access to a school rated good or better and this additional funding will be hugely beneficial.

“We've worked closely with representatives from across the city to create these proposals. We will now continue to work with schools to ensure our young people receive a fantastic education and we aim to boost levels of attainment across Stoke-on-Trent.

“This is part of a renewed approach for building on the good relationships we already have with schools across the city. Alongside colleagues the leader cllr Abi Brown and cllr Dave Evans, cabinet member for children and young people, we’ve committed to visiting every school in the city at least twice in the next four years. We’re also looking at plans for how we can work even more closely with the schools forum. Children are our number one priority and it’s imperative that we work collectively across the city to ensure the best education for young people in Stoke-on-Trent.”