Kelly Tolhurst MP: We are making sure every child in Medway gets the best possible start in life

Rochester and Strood MP Kelly Tolhurst has welcomed news that young people across Medway are benefiting from rising school standards, with 19 more schools rated good or outstanding compared with 2010.

To help teachers and school leaders build on this impressive progress, schools across Medway will see a funding boost of £4,681,391 in 2018-2019. This will bring funding for schools in Medway to £208,693,163. The Government’s new funding formula has been developed to end historic funding inequalities. For the first time, funding will be based on the individual needs and characteristics of every school in the country.

It is supported by an additional £1.3 billion, and the total core schools funding budget will rise from just under £41 billion to £43.5 billion over the next two years. This is the highest ever level of school funding, and represents more than a 50 per cent real terms per pupil increase since 2000-01.

Average per pupil funding at primary school has risen from £4,300 in 2011 to £4,800 in 2018, and average per pupil funding at secondary school now exceeds £6,200.

Additional funding of £12,314,169 has been made available to ensure that disadvantaged children get the support they need this year alone. This extra funding is helping to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers – ensuring all young people can go as far as their talents will take them.

As a result of reforms, the proportion of children in Medway passing all components of the English Baccalaureate – which includes English, Maths, the Sciences and a language - has risen now by 13.6 per cent since 2011.

Commenting, Kelly Tolhurst said:

“Our teachers do a fantastic job, and it is a testament to their hard work, combined with this Government’s reforms, that more children in Medway are gaining the knowledge and skills they need to succeed – whatever they choose to do.

“As the former Medway Council portfolio holder for Educational Attainment and Improvement, it is fantastic to see that more local children are taking the vital subjects that will give them options as they plan their careers.

“There is more to do, but with the attainment gap narrowing, and a record number of children attending good schools, our reforms are ensuring that more young people are being given the opportunity to succeed”