School Funding Boost

20th July 2017
On Friday, 14 July 2017, Torridge and West Devon MP, Geoffrey Cox made a visit to Tavistock College and met staff and pupils, including Principal, Sarah Jones. The two held “useful and informative” discussions on the school’s budget, and Sarah Jones escorted the MP on a tour of the school. The MP regularly visits local schools and is engaged in a series of meetings with Heads over the next few months. 
The MP has campaigned strongly for a fairer allocation for Devon’s Schools, which have been historically underfunded. In 2010, a Devon school child received approximately £390 less in government funding than the national average. In 2016/17, as a result of an investment of £16.4 million, that figure dropped to £270. However, rising costs have adversely affected school budgets despite the increased funding.
To mitigate the continuing anomaly, the Government has been consulting on a new National Schools Funding Formula. Today, the Secretary of State, Justine Greening, announced that an additional £1.3 billion would be directed to core pupil funding on top of that already planned for the new National Formula, which will mean that all schools in Devon will see increased funding. 
Geoffrey Cox said: “I was pleased to be able to meet the Principal, Sarah Jones, again and to discuss in detail the school’s budget. I was very impressed that the College had been able to ensure that front-line teaching had been protected despite the cost pressures it has faced over the last 12 months. It is clear that the school has had to make savings and that recent increases such as in the living wage and the apprenticeship levy have eaten into its budget. I have persistently raised these cost pressures with the Government both prior to and since the General Election and I am pleased that the Secretary of State has announced today that an additional £1.3 billion will be directed towards core pupil funding for secondary schools over the next 2 years in addition to the record amounts already promised under the proposed new National Funding Formula. This is a major step forward in our campaign for fairer funding for Devon’s schools and will mean that our primary schools in Torridge and West Devon and secondary schools such as Tavistock College will see increased budgets and at the very least no real terms reductions in pupil funding. 
At the same time, it is important to recognise the achievements of our schools and teachers, who have ensured that since 2010,1.8 million more children are now in good or outstanding schools according to OFSTED.”
Tavistock College visit