The fight for fairer funding for North Devon’s schools has taken another step forward. I attended a special meeting of the North Devon Council Executive; thankfully the half-term parliamentary recess allowed me to undertake many extra midweek events in North Devon, and this was one of them.
Two local headteachers, Michael Johnson of Chulmleigh Community College and Andrew Finney of South Molton Community College, came to express how the proposed new funding formula would affect their pupils.
As I told the meeting, schools in North Devon are the best I have seen in terms of the commitment of the headteachers, staff, parents and pupils. This is about giving them the best education that we can, and this will be at the forefront of my mind as we continue to push our point.
At the end of the meeting, members of the Executive agreed to call on Devon’s MPs to press for fairer funding for the area to bring us into line with other areas of the country and to recognise the additional difficulties faced by small rural schools and those in deprived areas. They also called on Devon County Council to reconsider the allocation of funding when setting its budget to alleviate the shortfall in funding within its control.
The current proposals are only at the consultation stage, but I and other Devon MPs will be fighting hard for the numbers to be re-crunched so that we get a better deal.
Do please take the time to have your own say.