“My best day in parliament to date” that was MP Steve Barclay’s verdict on news the government has agreed to a seven per cent rise in Cambridgeshire’s funding per pupil.
Thursday’s government announcement follows intensive campaigning by Mr Barclay and fellow county MPs, parents, schools and governors and means that schools will receive an extra £275 per pupil from April 2015 - meaning they will receive £4,225 per head instead of the existing £3,950. In total this amounts to an extra £20 for the county’s schools.
Mr Barclay explained the legacy of the funding formula from the last Labour government cast a shadow over Cambridgeshire’s schools, with city schools benefiting at the expense of shire counties.
“The improvement to the per pupil funding in Cambridgeshire is a huge boost to local schools. It will help heads, governors and teachers to more fully unlock the brilliant potential of local students. People often say that politics does not matter, that the views of local people are not heard. Well today the views of parents, teachers and MPs across Cambridgeshire have been heard. It has made a difference. Our schools will now receive the highest increase in per pupil funding of any area in the country. It is very welcome news,” said Mr Barclay, who explained the rise starts next year because of the way funding is organised.
“I actually believe it is the most successful day I have had in parliament, and it shows that campaigning does work and people’s voices can be heard and hopefully bodes well other campaigns currently have running,” he concluded.