Education recovery/spending - September 2021

Dear constituent,

Thank you for contacting me about improving the education system.

I understand that the pandemic has put a considerable amount of pressure on the education sector, and I commend teaching staff and students for their continued dedication.

Helping school pupils catch up on lost learning is of paramount importance and significant steps have already been taken to help tackle this issue. Over £3 billion is being invested into supporting education recovery. This package provides an additional £1.4 billion announced in June 2021 that will support children aged 2 to 19 in schools, colleges and early years. This will provide an additional £1 billion for tutoring, which will provide up to 100 million hours of tuition for 5 to 19 year olds by 2024, targeting disadvantaged children and key subjects such as maths and English. 

I also understand that an additional £400 million is being made available to help provide 500,000 teacher training opportunities across the country, alongside professional development for early years practitioners. In addition, it is welcome that schools and colleges will be able to offer students in Year 13 a repeat year where they have been particularly badly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

This is the third major recovery investment in the past year and comes on top of the £1.7 billion already announced to support recovery to date. This package provides additional investment, building on the almost £550 million already announced for small group tuition, £200 million for secondary schools to deliver face to face summer schools this summer, a £650 million universal catch up premium for schools this year and a £302 million recovery premium next year.

Additionally, it is very welcome that the laptops and tablets which have been distributed to disadvantaged pupils to support remote learning are intended for use by schools in the longer term, either in the classroom or from home.

Post-18 education has undergone a major expansion to prepare workers for the post-coronavirus economy. As part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification are now able to access almost 400 free qualifications backed by £95 million from the £2.5 billion National Skills Fund. Higher Education loans are also being made more flexible, to help adults and young people retrain for the jobs of the future.

More broadly, I welcome that schools have had the biggest funding boost in a decade, with core school funding increasing by £2.6 billion in 2020-21 and set to increase by a further £2.2 billion in 2021-22. 

Funding for schools in England will increase by £7.1 billion by 2022-23, compared to 2019-20 levels. This three-year investment represents the biggest school funding boost in a decade.

The minimum per pupil funding received by schools will therefore increase from £5,000 to £5,150 in secondary schools in 2021-22, and from £3,750 to £4,000 in primary schools.

Our recovery from the post-coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity, not only for pupils to catch up on learning lost because of the pandemic, but also to build on the successful reforms introduced over the past decade, building back better and improving our education system for the future.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

richard fuller

Richard Fuller MP