'Fantastic' £4.7m boost for schools

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 July 2014

Additional funding will be given to Somerset schools.

Additional funding will be given to Somerset schools.

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ADDITIONAL funding will help Somerset schools secure extra resources and maintain education standards, according to a council leader.

Somerset County Council has been given £4.7million from the Government to go towards its schools.

This works out as an increase of up to £73 per pupil.

Council leader 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.

“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.”

Government funding was previously based on historical political decisions and out-of-date figures.

The decision to increase Somerset’s school funding came after a visit from the Minister of State for Schools, David Laws.

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