Schools Funding

We all know that schools in West Sussex receive less funding than other areas in the country, which has resulted in school budgets being strained and savings having to be found. 

As you know, I have been working with my West Sussex parliamentary colleagues to lobby the Secretary of State for Education for additional funding for West Sussex schools. I am pleased that our lobbying resulted in a new funding formula which secured additional funding for West Sussex. However the changes still left West Sussex unfairly funded compared to other regions and so the fight continues. 

It is really important to have real life examples of the struggles that schools are facing in order to be able to show the Secretary of State for Education exactly what is happening in our schools and to make him aware of the urgency of the matter. With this in mind, I organised a series of roundtable meetings for the Chairs of Governors earlier in the summer to discuss the school funding situation. I am particularly grateful for those governors and heads who subsequently sent me more detailed information about the impact budget constraints are having on your school as requested. 

Please do feel free to contact me on this issue. It is critical we all work together - schools, governors, teachers, parents, MPs and councillors - to ensure we get the best deal for West Sussex children. 

News

Schools funding update

We all know that schools in West Sussex receive less funding than other areas in the country, which has resulted in school budgets being strained and savings having to be found. 

Teachers' Pay Review

I welcome the announcement that teachers will be receiving a very well deserved pay rise.

School places meeting at CLC

Meanwhile there was a good turnout of parents from Adur to hear from local councillors and county council education officers about the allocation of secondary school places from 2019.

School governor roundtables

Here are the minutes of the 2 roundtables which I held with chairs of governors from schools across East Worthing & Shoreham on May 17th and 25th May.

Investment in new school places

West Sussex will receive an additional £750,000 as a result of the special educational needs funding announced last week. Including the £215 funding for special educational needs announced last year, this brings West Sussex’s total new allocation to over £4,000,000.

West Sussex MPs meet new Education Secretary

Reporting back on the meeting between West Sussex MPs and the new Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, as promised, continuing the fight to secure additional funding for our schools in West Sussex.