I am aware of the financial constraints which many schools are under, not least because of the mismanagement of the economy under the last Labour Government, coupled with the huge growth in school-age children (between 2009 and 2016, the school system expanded to take in an extra 470,000 pupils).
I was pleased, therefore, to hear the announcement by the Education Secretary on 17th July that an extra £1.3 bn will be allocated to schools in England and Wales. Whilst it is the responsibility of local authorities to allocate funds as they see appropriate, I hope – and will seek to encourage – schools to channel those extra resources into ensuring that children are learning in appropriately-sized classes.
The £1.3 billion boost will be spread across two years, on top of the core school budget set in the last spending review. This means school funding will be £2.6 billion higher in 2019-20 compared to 2017-18.
Please be assured that I will continue to do all that I can to support schools in Aldershot and Farnborough, not least by ensuring that they are adequately funded and resourced to continue the excellent work they are doing in educating our children and young people.