Details of increases in schools funding in Richmondshire, published this week by Richmond MP Rishi Sunak, have been given a cautious welcome by headteachers.
The MP says there will be per-pupil funding increases for every primary and secondary school in his constituency.
He says data provided by the Secretary of State for Education shows that every school in the area will benefit.
The announcement means every secondary school pupil will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year and every primary school pupil will receive a minimum of £4,000 per pupil by 2021-22.
The extra money, available from April, will ensure that per-pupil funding for all schools can rise at least in line with inflation and will deliver promised gains in full for areas like North Yorkshire which have been historically under-funded.
Mr Sunak said: “This settlement means every school will receive an uplift in their funding.
“Some of those increases are substantial, addressing a longstanding issue about inequality of funding across the country and which particularly affected rural areas like North Yorkshire.”
The announcement has been welcomed by Wensleydale School headteacher Julia Polley, although she said it came on the back of years of under funding.
She said: “Any increase to school funding is very welcome.
“However, in North Yorkshire we have been underfunded for many years and there are still strains on our High Needs allocation, so the increases proposed will not necessarily fix all those issues.
“As a county we have been lobbying for fairer funding and at last, it seems, we are being listened to.”
Colin Scott, headteacher at Risedale Sports and Community College, added that while more funding was always welcome, this funding failed to make up for the cuts to school budgets made after 2010.
He said: “In that sense it isn’t really ‘extra’ but just to the levels we had been struggling with ten years ago. It’s pure politics to dress this up as ‘extra funding’.
“It is only filling a hole this government itself made but took them ten years to plug. Schools were struggling in 2009 as it was so we’re really no better off.
“Recruitment issues still haven’t been sorted out and more teachers are leaving year after year because of the damage this lack of funding has brought.”
Overall, across North Yorkshire the average increase in per pupil funding is 4.71 per cent. Average per-pupil funding for primary schools in the Richmond (Yorks) constituency will be more than £6,000 and for secondaries the average is £5,400
He added: “This levelling-up of funding will see every school receiving an increase to their per-pupil funding at least in line with inflation while those that have been historically under-funded will see the greatest gains.”
Mr Sunak said the additional investment nationally also includes an increase of £780m next year to support children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) – an increase of more than 12 per cent compared to 2019-20.
He said the per-pupil funding is the most important factor in determining how much money a school receives under the national funding formula.
Other factors include sparsity, deprivation, mobility (large numbers of pupils leaving and joining through the year) and the number of children with special needs. Local authorities also apply a local formula in determining the final allocation.
The increases are detailed below:
Column A: Notional National Funding Formula (NFF) allocation in 2020/21 in cash terms
Column B: Notional (NFF) allocation in 2020/21 per pupil
Column: Percentage change in per-pupil NFF funding 2020/21
|Ainderby Steeple CE Primary||£407,209||£5,155||17.19%|
|Aiskew, Leeming Bar CE Primary||£230,272||£7,940||26.30%|
|Appleton Wiske Community Primary||£394,624||£5,059||19.28%|
|Askrigg VC Primary||£236,899||£6,403||11.32%|
|Bainbridge CE Primary and Nursery||£226,163||£7,296||45.04%|
|Barton CE Primary||£283,175||£6,025||21.29%|
|Bedale CE Primary||£1,357,488||£3,835||8.64%|
|Bedale High Secondary||£2,631,101||£5,252||4.94%|
|Bilsdale Midcable Chop Gate CE VC Primary||£193,131||£13,795||63.57%|
|Bolton-on-Swale St Mary’s CofE Primary||£472,180||£4,293||9.42%|
|Brompton Community Primary||£772,432||£4,198||8.00%|
|Brompton-on-Swale CE Primary||£814,457||£3,860||6.85%|
|Burneston CE Primary||£312,547||£5,389||22.79%|
|Carlton and Faceby CE Voluntary Aided Primary||£284,939||£6,950||19.19%|
|Catterick Garrison, Cambrai Primary||£113,022||£4,521||**|
|Catterick Garrison, Carnagill Primary||£885,820||£4,101||3.96%|
|Catterick Garrison, Le Cateau Primary||£1,612,638||£3,858||4.02%|
|Catterick Garrison, Wavell Community Infant||£809,569||£4,048||2.88%|
|Colburn Community Primary||£967,498||£4,697||7.36%|
|Crakehall CE Primary||£440,745||£4,591||8.59%|
|Croft CE Primary||£476,705||£4,182||6.84%|
|East Cowton CE Primary||£211,856||£7,566||48.91%|
|Great Smeaton Academy Primary||£256,241||£7,118||33.81%|
|Gunnerside Methodist Primary||£204,144||£10,744||52.30%|
|Hackforth and Hornby CE Primary||£225,616||£7,780||1.84%|
|Hipswell CE Primary||£786,690||£4,034||2.32%|
|Hunton and Arrathorne Community Primary||£313,456||£6,146||23.76%|
|Hutton Rudby Primary||£822,453||£3,825||8.42%|
|Ingleby Greenhow CE VC Primary||£293,337||£7,155||28.60%|
|Kirkby and Great Broughton CE Primary||£523,993||£4,031||6.64%|
|Kirkby Fleetham CE Primary||£239,113||£8,245||43.16%|
|Leeming and Londonderry Community Primary||£265,005||£6,464||66.89%|
|Leeming RAF Community Primary||£856,287||£4,078||5.60%|
|Marwood CE VC, Great Ayton||£307,304||£5,298||7.42%|
|Melsonby Methodist Primary||£209,559||£11,029||36.24%|
|Michael Syddall CE Primary||£761,436||£4,094||10.23%|
|Middleham CE Primary||£222,068||£6,940||27.50%|
|Mill Hill Community Primary||£715,187||£4,736||7.08%|
|North and South Cowton Community Primary||£245,541||£6,139||19.47%|
|Northallerton School & Sixth Form College||£4,720,117||£5,262||4.21%|
|Pickhill CE Primary||£249,735||£7,804||25.93%|
|Ravensworth CE Primary||£316,494||£5,861||20.97%|
|Reeth Community Primary||£285,130||£6,631||19.41%|
|Richmond Methodist Primary||£1,175,555||£3,829||5.60%|
|Richmond School – Secondary||£5,430,000||£5,000||4.20%|
|Risedale Sports and Community College||£3,515,178||£6,632||1.84%|
|Sacred Heart RC Primary||£357,508||£5,107||10.80%|
|Snape Community Primary||£184,385||£8,780||116.37%|
|Spennithorne CE Primary||£255,254||£6,381||33.24%|
|St Francis Xavier Secondary||£2,604,182||£5,037||4.68%|
|St Mary’s RC Primary, Richmond||£737,836||£4,265||10.10%|
|St Nicholas CE Primary , West Tanfield||£246,577||£6,849||18.38%|
|Stokesley Primary Academy||£1,007,372||£4,399||6.66%|
|Stokesley School – Secondary||£5,000,000||£5,000||4.31%|
|The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form||£1,929,774||£5,529||1.84%|
|Thornton Watlass CE Primary||£263,663||£7,755||49.59%|
|Trinity Academy Eppleby Forcett||£261,191||£7,463||36.66%|
|Trinity Academy Middleton Tyas||£568,163||£4,209||7.41%|
|Trinity Academy Richmond||£763,059||£4,216||6.27%|
|Wavell Community Junior||£902,661||£4,278||10.46%|
|West Burton CE Primary||£212,564||£10,628||38.39%|