Rachel has welcomed a £14.4billion funding boost for schools and colleges across England.

For schools in Redditch, this funding package will see per primary pupil funding rise from £3,872 in 2019/20 to a minimum of £4,000 from 2021/22.

And for secondary schools in Redditch, per pupil funding will increase from £4,975 to a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year.

Since 2018, per-pupil funding in Worcestershire has been going up. In 2019/20, Worcestershire has been allocated £323.3million in schools block funding. This is an increase of 4% per pupil, or £18.7million in total compared to 2017/18.

The funding deal announced on Saturday (August 31st), also includes an extra £700million for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in 2020/21.

Rachel said: “This funding will be especially welcome here in Worcestershire as we have lagged behind areas such as Birmingham for decades. It’s not fair that children in Redditch receive less funding than those just up the road in Birmingham when the challenges are comparable.

“This is why school funding has been a top priority for me since I was first elected in 2017. We must end the historic underfunding of our schools, and this announcement is another big step in the right direction.

“Every child, no matter their background, deserves a world-class education and this inflation busting funding boost will ensure young people get the best possible start in life.

School standards are on the rise in Worcestershire. In 2010, 67% of primary schools and 59% of secondary schools were judged to be good or outstanding. In 2017, 88% primary schools and 96% of secondary schools are now rated as good or outstanding.

It has also been announced that further education and sixth form colleges will receive £400million additional funding to train and teach our young people the skills they need for well-paid jobs in the modern economy.

The money announced will be allocated across the 257 colleges in England, including sixth form colleges in Redditch and the Heart of Worcestershire College.

Rachel added: “I’m a proud product of the state school system, having attended my local comprehensive followed by the local sixth form college. They both really prepared me for my future.

“I’ve been working with Heart of Worcestershire College on the issue of funding since I was first elected, and I’m glad to see that these efforts have paid off and that the government has listened. I very much welcome this better funding for our colleges and sixth forms.”