The £13million funding boost for Worcestershire’s schools to create more good school places in the county has been welcomed by Rachel.

The funding for 2020/21, announced by the Department for Education on Tuesday (May 29th), will create 1,763 good school places in primary and secondary schools in Worcestershire.

Since 2010, the Government has created 825,000 new school places across the country and 1.9million more children are now in good or outstanding schools. This new funding boost comes as analysis shows 100 per cent of secondary, and 85 per cent of primary school places created in Worcestershire since 2016/17 were in good or outstanding schools.

The £13million cash boost is on top of the £252,480 in funding Worcestershire is also set to receive to create additional school places and state-of-the-art facilities for children with special educational needs and disabilities, giving families in Redditch more choice and helping to meet increasing demand.

The additional investment in school places for children with additional needs builds on the £215million fund announced last year to ensure children with SEND had access to a good school place.

Between now and 2021, the Government is set to spend £23billlion to ensure every child regardless of their needs, background or circumstances has access to a good school place so they will be able to fulfil their potential.

Here in Redditch, 95 per cent of schools are now rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted – that’s a huge increase of 41 per cent since 2010.

Rachel said: “A great education is key to unlocking the full potential of every child here in Redditch. No matter a child’s background, ability or circumstance, every child in our town should have access to a good school place. The Government is committed to ensuring this is the case and I welcome the £13million funding boost which will help to create even more good school places in Redditch.

“The £252,480 boost to create additional school places for children with special educational needs in our county will help to transform their education and achieve their full potential.”