8th March 2021

Big boost for Somerset pupils

Following the news yesterday that Somerset will get a £4.7m boost in funding from government for schools, Somerset County Council can reveal that this will convert to an increase of up to £73 per pupil. 

Leader of Somerset County Council, John Osman, said: “This is fantastic news for pupils in Somerset. For years we have got an unfair deal from government and lobbied for the funding formula to change. This extra funding is a step in the right direction and will help schools secure resources and maintain education standards.

Cllr Osman added: “After years of a growing funding gap in schools and early years provision, the extra funding will fill the hole in the budget and help avoid damaging cuts to education in the county.”

Somerset County Council will decide where best to spend the extra £4.7m with the expectation that most of the money will go to schools, academies, nurseries and pre-schools. For years Somerset has got an unfair deal because of a flawed funding formula that is based on historical political decisions and out of date data.

The decision comes after MP David Laws, Minister of State for Schools,  met with the Somerset Children and Young People’s Compact, Council representatives and staff from local schools, academies and early years in June to discuss and highlight the low settlement for Somerset pupils.