Million pound boost for schools in Fenland and East Cambs.
I am delighted to confirm that our schools in Fenland & East Cambridgeshire will receive an extra £1,158,500 of funding next year, as one of just twelve areas in the country receiving a fifth year of Government education opportunity funding.
This funding is in addition to the £1.7 billion of Covid Recovery funding announced for schools nationally, and the Spending Review increase in core school budgets of £2.2 billion this year compared to their school budgets two years ago.
I visited Townley Primary School on Friday to hear about the difference the education opportunity area funding has been making, which is reflected in their achievement of a Primary Science Quality Mark, and it is a major boost secure a further £1.15 million pounds for the benefit of local schools.
The extra money for Fenland and East Cambs will enable a range of bespoke schemes locally including on teacher training, help ensure children and young people are ready to learn (from Early Years through to post-16), help support transition from primary to secondary, and from secondary to post-16 destinations, support parents in collaboration with Trinity College Cambridge through a parent power programme to better support their children and provide training to enable schools to tackle behavioural issues whilst supporting pupils’ mental health needs.
Many teachers, governors and pupils have worked hard to ensure learning continues during the challenges of Covid, so this extra funding announcement could not come at a better time in supporting them moving forward.