Did you know that Trafford receives on average £318 per pupil per year less than the average for English Councils? In Greater Manchester only Bury and Stockport receive less, £2 and £26 less per pupil respectively, while Manchester receives £856 more.
The method to calculate this funding is broken and we are campaigning for a new way to fund schools.
Trafford regularly boasts some of the best Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 results in Greater Manchester – and the country – despite receiving £318 less per pupil than the national average of £4,551 in terms of baseline funding.
Trafford Council is a member of the F40 group, which campaigns for fairer funding for schools.
Executive member for children’s services and Conservative councillor for Bowdon, Michael Hyman said: “It cannot be right for children in one part of the country to be receiving less base funding per head than in other parts.
“This unfairness renders the existing formula as flawed.”
Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan admitted the system was flawed earlier this year, insisting the government was ‘committed’ to ‘ensuring funding is fairer’.
David Cameron has promised that an extra £390m would be given to some of the worst-funded local authorities to boost school budgets this year – and that the extra cash would increase baseline budgets for future years.
But the pledge did not include a new funding model.
Altrincham Conservative councillor Matthew Sephton, a teacher in Stockport, said disparities in funding were ‘indefensible’ and left schools struggling to recruit skilled members of staff.
Council leader Sean Anstee, speaking before the Trafford Conservatives’ motion secured cross-party support, said: “The actual base cost of educating children across the country should be the same. That discrepancy is going to start causing our schools problems in the future if we don’t fix it.”
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