London MPs have joined forces to discuss government plans to reform school funding, amid concerns that these plans do not fully recognise the needs of the more than one million children and young people at schools in the capital.
Making sure that the new national school funding formula works for London’s children is a priority for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London.
Without new money in the system, the new national funding formula will almost certainly involve redistributing existing money allocated to London’s schools to other parts of the country in the future.
While 89 per cent of London’s primary and secondary schools are judged to be good and outstanding, the highest percentage in the country, and London pupils outperform their peers at both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4, any funding reductions could put further improvements at risk.
London’s schools have considerable challenges to overcome, such as growing demand for primary and secondary school places, higher numbers of children with special educational needs than elsewhere in the country and difficulties with teacher recruitment.
Bob Neill MP, Co-Chair of the APPG for London, said:
“No child in London should be disadvantaged by proposals for fairer funding and so we will work constructively with the government to ensure fair funding. Achieving fairer funding for schools across the country requires investment, but this will pay dividends in the decades ahead.”
Steve Reed MP, Co-Chair of the APPG for London, said:
“The government’s manifesto outlined a commitment to protect the amount of money following a child into school and this should apply to London’s children too. Given that London’s schools are currently the best performing in the country, it would be short-sighted to take money away from London’s pupils.”
APPG for London members will be working with London Councils, the Mayor of London and businesses to respond to the government’s funding review and ensure that education funding reflects the true costs of educating London’s children. Visit the London APPG page and follow the APPG for London on Twitter at @APPGforLondon.