New Year funding injection for Isle schools

A stack of pound coins.

A stack of pound coins.

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Schools across the Isle can look forward to a brighter budget from April as a further £613,000 is made available to them.

The welcome news of a cash boost emanates from the Government’s Fairer Schools Funding stream.

In figures revealed exclusively to the Epworth Bells, the handout is shown to add £167 to the amount linked to each pupil place, in addition to the infants’ free school meals strategy that was implemented in October.

Isle MP Andrew Percy said: “The increase in funding of £167 per pupil from this year is something I have argued for since I was elected in 2010.”

He said a big gap was identified between the funding that Isle pupils receive compared to other places within a relatively short distance such as Hull and Doncaster.

The MP added: “From April, schools across the Isle will benefit from a significant increase in their budgets, and as a former teacher I know that this will make a massive difference to the resources that are made available to pupils.”

North Lincolnshire Council leader Coun Liz Redfern said: “With the increase in money we have received from the Government for pupil premium to support students from less well-off backgrounds, along with this additional school funding, we are starting to correct the injustices of the past.

She continued: “I must thank Andrew for his work in this area.