Neil cares deeply about getting fairer funding for local schools. For too long, rural schools in counties like Devon have had a raw deal, while urban schools have received far more funding per pupil.
Devon has been one of the worst-funded local authorities in England for school funding, ranked 120th out of 150. This means that each Devon schoolchild receives £290 less per head than the average for England.
Neil believes this unfair and outdated formula cannot be allowed to continue. Changing this inequality has been one of Neil’s top priorities in Parliament. It’s one of the issues that Neil raised in his first ever ‘maiden’ speech in the House of Commons back in 2010.
Since his election, Neil has pressured on the Government to change the way the school’s funding formula is calculated. He has made speeches in Parliament, called debates, written open letters and lobbied Education Ministers in Parliament. Working with other MPs representing rural areas, Neil joined the f40 campaign and strongly made the case for reform to the historic unfairness in the system where rural schools get less money than urban schools.
New National Funding Formula (NFF)
The new national funding formula is currently being rolled out. The latest models can be found here.
Part of the new formula will provide extra funding for small schools in sparsely populated areas which find it more difficult to reduce costs. This will particularly help many rural schools in Devon, particularly primary schools, to get the funding they need to remain viable and give every child the best possible start in life.
Under new Conservative plans, schools across England are set to receive a £14 billion cash boost, investing in our children. Neil has fought to ensure our schools in Tiverton & Honiton receive their fair share. Within current proposals, all schools in Tiverton & Honiton constituency will receive a cash boost.
Devon schools will receive an average 4.86% uplift.
Teachers will get a 6k pay rise, as a starting salary, boosting morale and retention.
Special Educational Needs provision is being increased by £700 million, allowing new schools like ACE in Tiverton to open up.
Neil has met with all primary & secondary headteachers across the constituency this year, to listen to concerns and take requests direct to Ministers. Cash increases will build on the new National Funding Formula & further narrow the divide between urban & rural schools. Neil will also fight for significant resource upgrades, including a new school building for Tiverton High School.