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Radical proposals for school funding revealed

Friday January 8 2016


Cllr Tim Cheetham Cllr Tim Cheetham


AN EXTRA £13.6m would be spent on education in Barnsley under radical proposals for fairer school funding which are being championed by a Conservative MP.

Tory Graham Stuart is vice chairman of the cross-party F40 group which represents the most underfunded local authorities in England.

The government has promised to shake up funding rules which mean children in some areas of the country receive less money per head to pay for their education than those in other areas.

Barnsley, the worst-funded area per head in the country, is not a member of the F40 group but Mr Stuart says under its proposals, Barnsley would be the biggest winner with an extra £460 per pupil per year - a total of an extra £13.6m.

This would mean a 10.3 per cent increase in the total schools budget for Barnsley.

Coun Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council’s education spokesman, said: “We are criminally underfunded - 152nd out of 152. It is grossly unfair and we’ve been saying this for years.

“Some of our schools are the worst-funded in the country and when you look at the improvements we have made, we’ve been doing it on a shoe string. Just think of what we could do if we were properly funded.”

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Reply Posted by Jill on Sunday January 10 2016 at 18:54
If Barnsley are bottom of the school funding league, why on earth are we not part of the F40 group?

Reply Posted by Mr Reality Check on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 22:30
Because the majority of people in Barnsley who can read and consider that being in the f40 plan a good idea are too busy moving to Sheffield and Leeds to give their kids prospects. Whilst the powers that be in the local authority are just doing what they can to maximize their retirement pots.

Reply Posted by Confused on Friday January 15 2016 at 17:41
Can anyone explain why Barnsley is the worst funded area from central government per head for education in the country, 152 nd out of 152? I don't understand. How has this been decided and why has it been going on for years.

Reply Posted by Jeff on Friday January 15 2016 at 23:01
What's needed is new schools especially for those with special needs but they won't build anymore they have to be built by businesses to make a Profit

That's right no profit no schools

It stinks



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