Local MP Alan Mak has welcomed news that over £2.8 million of additional funding will be invested in local schools from over the coming school year, part of the largest cash increase to school funding in a decade.
The funding boost will see an increase in per pupil funding for every school in the Havant Constituency by at least 2%, with some such as Purbrook Infant School, Morelands Primary School and Mengham Infant School receiving more than double this.
Nationally the overall schools budget is rising by is 3.2%. However, in the Havant Constituency the rise in the overall budget for all our schools combined is 4.2%.
Every school in the Havant Constituency will also continue to receive more than the national minimum in terms of per-pupil funding. In the Havant Constituency, each primary school receives £4891 per pupil on average and each secondary school receives £6219 on average. The national minimum per-pupil funding figure is £4265 (per primary pupil) and £5525 (per secondary pupil).
The announced rise fulfils the Government’s commitment to invest an additional £14.4 billion in English schools in the three years up to 2022-23, with an extra £7.1 billion of funding due in the coming year alone. As part of this commitment, support for children with special educational needs and disabilities will receive a particular boost in the next school year of £780 million, or an additional 9.6 per cent. This follows the £1.5 billion increase over the previous two years, and brings the total high needs budget to £8.9 billion, an increase of over a third since 2019-20.
The rise also comes on top of the over £3 billion which has already been committed to support education recovery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local MP Alan Mak said: “I’m delighted that every school in the Havant Constituency is getting an increase in per pupil funding. I’ve campaigned in Westminster for more funding for local schools since 2015 and I’m delighted funding this work has been successful because ensuring young people get the best start in life is a top priority for me.”
The total cash budget for each mainstream school in the Havant Constituency is set out below, together with the increase in per-pupil funding for the new school year starting in September 2021.