Banbury MP signs open letter to PM for school funding reform

Banbury MP Victoria Prentis
Banbury MP Victoria Prentis

Banbury MP Victoria Prentis has signed an open letter to David Cameron MP calling on the Government to deliver school funding reform.

MPs from across the political divide have written to the Prime Minister to ask him to implement the funding formula proposed by the F40 campaign group.

Under the current system, the ten best funded areas of England will receive an average grant of £6,297 per pupils this year, compared to an average of just £4,208 per pupil in the ten most poorly funded areas. In Oxfordshire, each pupil receives £4317.98.

In their letter, the 111 MPs said: “It is widely acknowledged that the existing school funding model is a muddle and that funding for individual schools with similar pupil characteristics is arbitrary and unfair.

“At a time of spending restraint it is more important than ever that funding is allocated based on need. F40 has come up with a formula which would see the funding cake shared much more fairly.

“We believe this formula can help deliver a solution. We want the children in our schools to continue to have a broad range of subjects to study, good resources to use, well maintained buildings, reasonably sized classes and excellent pastoral support. Fairer funding is integral to all of this, and we urge you to deliver it.”

Other signatories of the letter include former Cabinet ministers and Conservative MPs: Dominic Grieve, Caroline Spelman and Cheryl Gillan. Education Committee Chairman Neil Carmichael and Commons Speaker John Bercow, in his capacity as MP for Buckingham, and Oxford East MP, Andrew Smith, also signed the letter.

F40 Chairman Councillor Ivan Ould welcomed the MPs’ letter. He said: “The campaign for Fair School funding is at a critical stage. I hope the Government will note this very substantial support for a fairer system and would urge all MPs who represent the 40 lowest funded authorities to keep up the pressure for change.”