County set to receive extra £10m for schools

Schools in Northumberland look set to receive an extra £10.6million next year under plans to make funding fairer.

It was announced as part of proposals unveiled last week by Schools Minister David Laws, who said Northumberland was likely to be among ‘the top 15 gainers’ by percentage rise.

MP Sir Alan Beith said: “This extra funding works out at around £300 per student and goes a long way towards addressing the funding gap which historically has meant Northumberland getting less than most other areas in England to spend on education as a result of past decisions by both Labour and Conservative governments.

“I have had numerous conversations about this issue with Liberal Democrat Minister David Laws and the extra £10.6million which has now been allocated to our county will make a big difference to schools across the county.”