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Fairer Funding for Northumberland's Schools

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For many decades our local schools have been in the bottom 10% for funding in the entire country, due to the historic schools funding formula. In the last Parliament, I campaigned hard for a solution to ensure that our local schools are funded properly and fairly.

We are expecting a government consultation on the issue early next year - so support now is crucial.

For generations pupils and schools in local authority areas such as Northumberland have been the poor relation of places like Newcastle in terms of education funding. Basic yearly funding for schools in Newcastle amounts to £4,709 per pupil, while in Northumberland it is just £4,244 per pupil. In other areas across the country we lose over a thousand pounds per pupil.

Our children deserve a fair funding settlement, so they can gain the skills they need to get on in life. Following our 2010-15 campaign, we secured a £12m funding up lift to the fairer funding formula for our schools in Northumberland. That additional £12 million funding was, however, simply a down-payment, or a first step towards a new and fairer funding system for our schools. What I am continuing to fight for is a revised and long term fairer national funding formula, to replace the existing arrangements. That is why I now need local people to demonstrate their support.

I urge local people to sign this petition online.

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