Rachel has welcomed news that schools in Worcestershire will receive £473 million this year – a boost of £33 million as part of the Government’s commitment to level up school funding.

This funding boost for schools in Redditch and Worcestershire is part of the Government’s £4 billion increase in spending for schools across the country.

It 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 total extra funding for schools means mainstream schools will receive £41.7 billion in 2022-23, an increase of 5.8% per pupil. Every primary school will receive at least £4,362 per pupil, and every secondary school at least £5,669 per pupil.

Rachel has also welcomed the Government’s targeted £1 billion boost to funding for special educational needs and disabilities – which is a record 13% increase on last year’s funding.

The extra funding will help schools, councils, and other specialist providers in Redditch 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.

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.

Rachel said:

“Historically we know that schools in Worcestershire have been underfunded compared to their counterparts in Birmingham.

“Successive Governments, of all colours, have failed to address this issue, but with the new National Funding Formula, and the Government’s commitment to level up education, we are finally ensuring schools in Redditch and Worcestershire receive the funding they deserve.

“Ever since I was first elected I have been fighting to ensure every child in Redditch, no matter their background, has access to a first class education, and this multi-million pound funding increase this year will ensure young people in our town are given the chance to fulfil their potential.”