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Fenland schools to share in extra £1.1million of government funding




Local schools are set to share in an extra £1.1million of government funding as part of its Education Opportunity Area scheme.

North East Cambs MP announced on Wednesday (19) that schools in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire will receive an extra of £1,158,500 of funding next year as one of just 12 areas in the country receiving a fifth year of education opportunity cash from the Government.

Mr Barclay said: "This funding is in addition to the £1.7 billion of Covid Recovery funding announced for schools nationally, and the Spending Review increase in core school budgets of £2.2 billion this year compared to their school budgets two years ago.

Steve Barclay has visited Townley School in Christchurch to find out how the Education Opportunity Area cash has helped the school - he is pictured with headteacher Maria-Anne Higgins.
Steve Barclay has visited Townley School in Christchurch to find out how the Education Opportunity Area cash has helped the school - he is pictured with headteacher Maria-Anne Higgins.

"I visited Townley Primary School on Friday to hear about the difference the education opportunity area funding has been making, which is reflected in their achievement of a Primary Science Quality Mark."

The extra money will enable a range of bespoke schemes locally including on teacher training, helping to ensure children and young people are ready to learn (from Early Years through to post-16), help support transition from primary to secondary, and from secondary to post-16 destinations.

It will also support parents in collaboration with Trinity College Cambridge through a parent power programme to better support their children and provide training to enable schools to tackle behavioural issues whilst supporting pupils’ mental health needs.

Steve Barclay has visited Townley School in Christchurch to find out how the Education Opportunity Area cash has helped the school and helped children with a science project.
Steve Barclay has visited Townley School in Christchurch to find out how the Education Opportunity Area cash has helped the school and helped children with a science project.

Mr Barclay added: "Many teachers, governors and pupils have worked hard to ensure learning continues during the challenges of Covid, so this extra funding announcement could not come at a better time in supporting them moving forward."



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