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Coventry schools praised for ‘incredible achievements’

Published Friday, 18 October 2019

A leading councillor has said the city should be proud of the incredible achievements of its schools, but called for more Government funding to support their work.

Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Coventry City Council, said this month’s Government announcement of additional funding for schools was misleading.

He said city schools were set to receive an average increase of just over 2% per pupil next year, but for 91 of the 107 mainstream schools, there would be an increase of only 1.84% per pupil – the minimum increase across the country.

The increase is also linked to pupil numbers, so if the number of children falls, a school could receive less money than the previous year.

But Cllr Maton points out that with many city primary schools facing falling numbers, and with all schools having to find 2% of  a 2.75% teacher pay rise from their own budgets, schools across the city were still facing tough times despite the government announcement.

The city has also received no additional government cash to build new schools or for refurbishment work and repairs to existing buildings.

Cllr Maton said: “We should all be proud of the incredible achievements of the schools in our city who do their best to ensure our young people have the best possible start in life.

“Despite the poor funding from government, they are performing incredibly well – better than the national average – with 93.5% of our primary schools rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, as well as 83.5% of secondaries and 100% of our special schools.

“However, schools need to be properly funded to be given a fighting chance to give our young people the great education they deserve, and despite the latest attention-seeking headlines from this current, unstable government, sadly that is not the case.”

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