11 March 2019
Andrew Bridgen calls for fairer funding for schools

Andrew Bridgen calls for a fairer distribution of funding for schoolchildren to ensure that school funding is equitably distributed.

School Funding: Distribution

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

7. What steps his Department is taking to ensure that school funding is equitably distributed. [909681]

The Minister for School Standards (Nick Gibb)

In 2018, we introduced the national funding formula, which distributes funding based on schools’ and pupils’ needs and characteristics, not accidents of location or history. Since 2017, we have given every local authority more money for every pupil in every school, while allocating the biggest increases to the most underfunded schools.

Andrew Bridgen

I thank the Minister for that answer, but given that the national funding formula only reduces the funding disparity by some 5%, when does he think his Department is going to fulfil our manifesto promise of creating fair funding for all schoolchildren, and will he meet me and colleagues from Leicestershire to discuss these matters?

Nick Gibb

I will certainly meet my hon. Friend and his colleagues from Leicestershire. The national funding formula is delivering rapid gains for the most underfunded schools while also ensuring stability for all schools. By 2019-20, schools in Leicestershire will receive 5.5% more funding per pupil compared to 2017-18, or is £31.5 million more in total. In 2019-20, 92% of schools in Leicestershire will already be attracting their full gains under the national funding formula.