The government has today announced action to tackle the unfair funding formula that affects many of Bedfordshire’s schools. At the moment, schools only a few miles away in Luton can receive substantially more per pupil simply because of local authority boundaries.
Central Bedfordshire Council will now receive £4,253 per child enrolled in their school, which is 2.6% more than previously, an increase of £109 over the course of an academic year.
This is money that has been made available by savings elsewhere in government and will not be taken away from schools that still need the money due to the needs of their catchment, often in deprived areas.
But the announcement goes some way to levelling the playing field that has previously seen urban areas benefit because of their complex needs at the expense of rural areas. That situation persisted for far too long and today’s announcement is a great step forward for fairness and equality in education for our children.