The lowest funded local authorities in the UK will receive an increase in ‘per-pupil’ funding, according to proposals set out in today’s Spending Review.
The controversial pupil premium scheme will also be protected in real-terms, the chancellor confirmed in addition to new investment in technical colleges and vocational institutions.
He also confirmed the funding of 180 new ‘free schools’ in 2015/2016 as part of the revised education capital budget which has been set at £4.6 billion for that financial year. The opposition were notably more vocal in their opposition as these new proposals were announced.
Overall, the education budget will increase to £53 billion in the 2015/2016 financial year.