Huddersfield schools will get a share of a £16m cash boost announced by the Government.
The money, announced by Schools Minister David Laws, is being made available in 2015/16 in an effort to make the education funding system fairer. It is a result of a consultation on how to tackle the unfair and complicated system of allocating local school funding,
In July, the Government published estimates of how an extra £390m would be allocated to increase the budgets of the “least fairly funded” areas across the country, while ensuring no other local council’s per pupil funding would be reduced from its current level.
Money will be given based on the current characteristics of schools and their pupils, rather than on historical data which is out of date.
It means that the most deprived pupils in primary schools will attract at least £4,454 of funds, in Key Stage 3 (11 to 14-year-olds) at least £5,820; and Key Stage 4 (14 to 16-year-olds) at least £6,372. This will continue to be supplemented by the Pupil Premium.
The overall aim is to help youngsters from poorer backgrounds, and Yorkshire and the Humber’s increase is £16m. It is not clear how much of this will be allocated to Kirklees schools.
Mr Laws said: “Schools are absolutely crucial to our vision to build a stronger economy and a fairer society, so that everyone can reach their full potential.
“Without proper funding it’s impossible to give children a fair start in life. This is the biggest step towards fairer schools funding in a decade, meaning every local area will attract a minimum level of funding for its pupils and schools in 2015-16”.