The education of all our children in Redditch has always been and remains a priority for me, which is why I have to date visited nearly every school in Redditch – some more than once – and held detailed discussions with head teachers and staff on this issue. I am well aware of the challenges facing our excellent schools, and as well as tackling funding and resources.

The best way I believe in achieving change and securing more funding for schools in Redditch is to meet with the Chancellor, Treasury and Education Ministers to discuss the historic underfunding of our schools and to lobby them for more funding. This is what I have done, this is what I am doing ahead of the Spending Review.



of children attend schools rated good or outstanding.

It is important that we also recognise more of our children are getting a good education under this Government. In 2010, Oftsed’s Annual Report for Education and Skills showed 67% of primary schools and 59% of secondary schools were judged to be good or outstanding in Worcestershire. Ofsted’s 2017 report found 88% primary schools and 96% of secondary schools are now rated as good or outstanding in the county.


school places have been created in Worcestershire since 2010.

Over the two years 2018/19 and 2019/20, per-pupil funding in Worcestershire is going up by £172 (4% compared to the national average of 3.2%) and when changes in pupil numbers are taken into account, total funding rises by £18.7 million (up 6.2% compared to 2017/18).

How much do our schools receive?

In 2019/20, the National Funding Formula allocates Worcestershire:

  • £3,872 per primary pupil. For a class of 26 (the average primary class size in Worcestershire) this equates to £102,459.
  • £4,975 per secondary pupil. For the same class of 26 pupils, this equates to £131,641.
  • An additional £9.2million of funding through the growth, premises and mobility factors of the formula, which are not distributed on a per pupil basis.
  • On top of NFF, Worcestershire will recieve £19.4 million in Pupil Premium funding to support the 16,901 pupils eligible for Pupil Premium.

We know from independent studies that the UK is a high spender on state primary and secondary education by international standards and also that real spending per pupil is half as much again higher than it was in 2000.

I’ve long said schools in Worcestershire have been historically underfunded. The new, fairer National Funding Formula replaces the previous, unfair and out-of-date funding system that saw Worcestershire schools near the bottom of the funding pile for many years.

Does more need to be done to address these historical school funding injustices, yes, and I’ll be continuing my conversations with the Department for Education and the Treasury ahead of the Spending Review. I want to see more funding for schools in Redditch in that review.

Campaign news 📰

Rachel: Spending Review shows Conservatives commitment to fight coronavirus, deliver on its promises and invest in our recovery

Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, has welcomed the Spending Review which provides billions of pounds in the fight against coronavirus, delivers on the Conservative’s promises it has made to the British people and invests in the UK’s recovery. Yesterday (November 24th),...

£1.6 million to further support vulnerable children and families in Worcestershire this Winter

The Covid Winter Grant Scheme will see councils across England share £170 million in additional, ring-fenced funding to help vulnerable families and individuals, with Worcestershire County Council receiving £1,607,260.87.

Free School Meals During Holidays

I will continue to do all I can to ensure families in Redditch get the support they need to be able to feed their own children through the support we have already made available.

Rachel celebrates teaching of menopause in schools to mark World Menopause Day

To mark World Menopause Day this Sunday (October 18th), Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, is celebrating menopause being taught in school for the first time thanks to the campaign led by Rachel and menopause campaigners.  Until now, the menopause has not featured on...

Rachel backs major expansion of post-18 education and training

Announced in a speech by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (September 29th), Adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course – providing them with skills valued by employers, and the opportunity to study at a time and location that suits them.

Rachel welcomes launch of landmark Kickstart scheme

Rachel has welcomed the launch of an innovative new scheme to help young people into work and spur Britain’s economic revival.

Heart of Worcestershire College to receive £1 million to upgrade facilities

HoW College is one of 180 further education institutions that has been allocated a share of a £200 million Government investment to repair buildings, renovate campuses and upgrade facilities.

Statement on Exam Results

Rachel said: “If my children's futures had been impacted by the way the results had been calculated this year then I would be fighting for them just as parents in Redditch and across the country have been doing. “That is why I personally intervened with Ministers on...

Rachel continues to deliver fairer funding for Redditch’s schools

Rachel is continuing to deliver on her promise to secure fairer funding for Redditch’s schools after it was announced total funding will rise by more than four per cent this coming school year.

Rachel praises teachers following visit to St Bede’s

Last Friday (July 10th), Rachel visited the Holloway Lane school and met with Head of School, Luke Payton, to discuss how the school had operated during the pandemic, as well as their plans to welcome back all pupils in September.