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Coronavirus: Funding boost for West and North Yorkshire schools

Coronavirus: Funding boost for West and North Yorkshire schools

Published by Harry Long at 3:36pm 20th July 2020. (Updated at 3:38pm 20th July 2020)

School across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale are set to benefit from an increase in funding.

  • Schools in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale will get a share of an extra £157m in education funding.
  • Ministers says every secondary school pupil in Yorkshire will receive, on average, more than £5,000
  • The cash will also be topped up by the Covid 'catch up' fund.

In total, the Yorkshire region is to receive an extra £157 million pounds in 2021 from the government.

That's a rise 3 point 2 per cent.

Ministers says every secondary school pupil in Yorkshire will receive, on average, more than 5 thousand pounds.

The cash will also be topped up by a Covid 'catch up' fund.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“Every child deserves a superb education - regardless of which school they attend, or where they happened to grow up.

“That is why we are providing additional funding now and for the future for every school - with those historically underfunded receiving the greatest increase.

“I want to again thank teachers, childcare workers and support staff for the brilliant work they have done throughout the pandemic, and for the preparations underway to welcome back all children from September.

“Our £1 billion covid catch-up package, on top of these increases in per pupil funding, will help head teachers support those who have fallen behind while out of school, and deliver a superb education for all children across the country.” 

 Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:  

“This year has been incredibly challenging for schools, teachers, and students due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with everyone working in education going to incredible lengths to support children and ensure they can get back to the classroom.

“Not only are we confirming another year of increased and better targeted funding for our schools, but with our transformative national funding formula we are making sure the money is distributed fairly across the country so all schools can drive up standards. With two thirds of local authorities now having moved towards the national funding formula, it is time for the remainder to follow suit and ensure fairness for every child.

“Our £1 billion Covid catch up fund comes on top of this £14.4 billion three-year school funding boost, meaning that this government is leaving no stone unturned in levelling up opportunities for every young person up and down the country.”