Ensuring that every local school child has a good school place is something that I care deeply about, and having been to school in our area, it’s also something I know about – especially the need for it.
It’s an issue that I’ve been campaigning on long before I was elected. It formed one of my key campaign priorities as the Conservative candidate for the seat, and it’s now central to my plan for Carshalton and Wallington as your local MP.
Whilst I will continue to press colleagues in Government to ensure our local schools and colleges get the funding they need, and the dedicated teachers and staff get the support they need; I was pleased to have the Secretary of State this week confirm that there will be a 2.9% increase in school funding across Carshalton and Wallington.
The announcement came as part of the unveiling of the provisional schools funding allocations for 2023-24. The 2.9% increase across our area is part of a nationwide increase in core schools funding of £1.5 billion.
This welcome increase will give schools the necessary resources to raise – and sustain – attainment, provide the right support to students, increase teachers’ pay, and continue to rise to the challenges still faced by many schools around Covid response and recovery.