Welcoming increased school funding in Carshalton and Wallington

Schools in Carshalton and Wallington are to receive a 3.1% increase in funding to over £93 million in 2021-2022.

Teachers will receive the largest pay rise, with salaries increasing by 3.1%. This pay award is equivalent to a £1,250 increase to average classroom teacher pay.

I very much welcome this news, which is part of the Government’s commitment to the biggest cash boost to school funding in a decade and pay rise to almost 900,000 public sector workers.

Nationally, schools are already benefitting from a £2.6bn increase this year, which will rise to £4.8bn in 2021-22 and £7.1bn in 2022-23, compared to 2019-20.

In total, the funding is worth £14.4 billion over three years.

We are fortunate to have so many outstanding local schools and I couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing education I received from Carshalton Boys Sports College.

I really welcome the government’s commitment to continue increasing funding for our local schools and support improvements.

As we begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s crucial now more than ever that we apply the funding needed to transform the lives and prospects of a generation.

I’ve seen the hard work schools are doing to adapt to the pandemic and many local educators have been recipients of my Unsung Heroes award. So, I am glad that some teachers will see a pay rise to reflect their dedication, hard work and contribution to our area.

In recent weeks, the government has also announced funding to upgrade facilities in Wallington High School for Girls, Carew Academy and Link Primary School in Beddington.

The funding is part of the £434 million investment to expand classrooms, upgrade facilities and improve the education of children across the whole country.

The local funding will be used to improve safety, water and heating facilities, as well as upgrading buildings. 

The government has also announced further detail of the ‘catch up’ package for the next academic year, worth a total of £1bn, to help support children and young people to catch up after the recent period of disruption to their education. This includes a ‘Catch Up Premium’ worth £650m to help make up for lost teaching time for all pupils.