The Government has confirmed that schools across Norfolk will receive £704 million in funding next year, a boost of £53 million as part of the Conservative’s £4 billion increase in spending for schools across the country.
The £4 billion extra funding for school delivers on the Prime Minister’s commitment when entering Downing Street, when he pledged to level up school funding by pledging over £14 billion for primary and secondary schools by 2022-23.
The £53 million extra funding can be used for hiring specialist teachers, providing training, and purchasing school supplies including textbooks.
I particularly welcome the Government’s targeted £1 billion boost to funding for special educational needs and disabilities, which is a record 13 per cent increase on this year’s funding.
The extra funding will help schools, councils, and other specialist providers provide the right care and support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities – so that every child receives the help they need to learn and fulfil their potential. This extra support will be welcome news for many families in the Great Yarmouth constituency, who have campaigned for additional resources.
The increases in school funding follows the investment of nearly £5 billion in education recovery, which includes £1.5 billion on tutoring in schools and colleges across the country to help children and young people catch up on lost learning during the pandemic.
No child or young person should be limited by where they grow up – they should be supported to get a world class education at school.
The funding boost for Great Yarmouth schools in will help them to hire more teachers, get materials to support pupils learning, and support pupils with special needs and disabilities.
As we build back fairer, this funding will ensure every young person can receive the education they deserve so they can fulfil their potential.