- England continues to rise up global rankings in maths, reading and science thanks to reforms under successive Conservative Governments.
- This Conservative Government is boosting school funding to reach almost £60 billion in 2024-25, its highest ever level in real terms – with Torquay and Paignton benefitting from a total funding increase of £2,064,771 in 2024-25 compared to 2023-24.
- This investment, alongside this Conservative Government’s long-term reforms, including the Advanced British Standard, will ensure children continue to get a world class education and have a brighter future.
Kevin Foster MP has welcomed the news schools in England are set to benefit from record funding as England’s core school budget reaches almost £60 billion in 2024-25 – its highest ever level in real terms – with schools in Torquay and Paignton set to benefit from a total funding increase of £2,064,771 in 2024-25 compared to 2023-24.
Thanks to the Conservative Government’s widespread education reforms, England continues to rise up the global rankings in maths, reading, and science. Just this month, England was ranked 11th in the world for maths, up from 27th in 2009, placing England as one of the top performing countries in the western world, and in May, England was named ‘best in the west’ for primary reading.
In comparison Labour-run Wales, where Education has been a devolved responsibility since 1999, is behind England, Scotland and Northern Ireland in maths, reading and science. In addition to ranking worst in the UK for the fifth time running, overall results in Wales were lower than the OECD average in every case.
As education standards continue to rise across England, so is support for schools, with the Conservative Government increasing funding for schools in England to the highest ever in real terms per pupil.
Pupil premium funding rates will increase to £1,480 for primary pupils and £1,050 for secondary pupils in 2024-25, an increase of ten per cent since 2021-22, to support schools in disadvantaged areas to raise educational outcomes for the pupils who need it most.
This funding also includes an extra £440 million investment to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to fund special schools and provide mainstream schools with additional resources to meet the needs of pupils with complex SEND.
The Conservative Government is continuing to deliver the long-term decisions to ensure our education system is fit for every child, giving them the best start in life and ensuring they develop all the skills they need to fulfil their potential.
Commenting Kevin Foster MP said:
“Education is the best way to transform life choices and help every child achieve their potential. This latest funding boost is therefore welcome news, alongside the investment we have seen in providing the new facilities local students deserve, such as the new buildings recently opened at St Cuthbert Mayne School.”