- Recently our schools have not received the attention they deserve, and we should not accept the idea that there can be winners or losers when it comes to our children’s futures.
- That’s why we will raise school funding by £14 billion, increasing the minimum level of per pupil funding in primary and secondary schools and returning education funding to previous levels by the end of this Parliament.
- We can deliver the change people want, giving every child the world class education they deserve and properly funding our schools – getting this country back on the road to a brighter future.
Getting our country back on the road to a brighter future by:
- Increasing funding in primary and secondary schools by £14 billion so every child gets a good education. We will lift per pupil funding to a minimum of £5,000 for secondary school pupils next year and £4,000 for primary school pupils by 2021-22, and provide £700 million more for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities next year.
- Investing £400 million in education for 16-19-year-olds, including further education and sixth form colleges, to ensure they get the skills they need. This funding will train and teach our young people the skills they need for well-paid jobs in the modern economy. The boost is the single biggest annual increase for the sector since 2010.
- Raising teachers’ salaries and benefits, recognising teaching as the high-value, prestigious profession it is. In the biggest reform to teacher pay in a generation, we are increasing salaries for new teachers to £30,000 by 2022-23 and fully funding increased contributions into the Teacher’s Pension Scheme, so that school leaders can focus as much of their resources as possible on the front line.
- Improving literacy so all children are prepared for their future. England has risen to joint eighth place in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, up from joint tenth in 2011 and the historic low of 19th under Labour. Thanks to our phonics reforms, 163,000 more six-year-olds are on track to become fluent readers compared to 2012.
Q: Has school funding been cut?
Recently our schools have not received the attention they deserve, which is why the Prime Minister has committed to increase the minimum level of per pupil funding in primary and secondary schools and return education funding to previous levels by the end of this Parliament.