Schools funding boost welcomed by Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council has welcomed a major funding lift from Government which will ensure more children will be able to access a world-class education and have the best possible start to life.

Funding for schools in Surrey will rise by 4.62% per pupil from next year, ensuring that per-pupil funding for all schools can rise at least in line with inflation and will deliver promised gains in full for areas which have been historically under-funded.

This confirmed increase, available from April, follows the Prime Minister’s announcement in August of a £14 billion uplift to the budget for schools and high needs over three years. This will mean the total schools budget will rise to £52.2 billion by 2022-23. Government figures state that this boost will mean that every secondary school will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year while every primary school will get a minimum of £4,000 per pupil from 2021-22.

Cabinet Member for All-Age Learning at Surrey County Council, Cllr Julie Iles, said:

“We owe it to our children in Surrey to ensure that they have the best choices, that there are no barriers to opportunity, and that they are able to fully realise their potential. This extra funding will contribute greatly towards achieving this.

“By giving all our schools a budget increase, teachers can plan with more certainty and it will help in boosting standards to ensure all pupils are given the best possible start in life regardless of their background or circumstances.”

Local Authority level data on schools funding 2020-2021, released from the Department for Education:


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