Lincolnshire set for increase in school funding

Lincolnshire is set to receive a 3.4 percent rise in the funding of schools, an increase of £22 million annually.

£560 million is to be spread out amongst the 362 schools in the county by the central government, this is an increase from last year’s £538 million. This will come from the Dedicated Schools Grant.

However, some Head teachers are not happy about the increase and don’t think that it is enough.

The Council will allocate the given funds to schools all over the county. Photo credit: Lincolnshire County Council

David Allsop, the Head teacher at Queen’s Elizabeth High School in Gainsborough said: “This extra funding is welcome but will not be sufficient for schools in Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire has been historically under-funded compared to other local authorities and whilst the National Fairer Funding system has been welcome and helped schools here, such as my own, it is simply a redistribution of existing funding for education.”

He goes on to say: “The key issue is one of fairness across the country; students attract different amounts of money depending on where they are in the country, irrespective of the fact that educating children costs about the same.”

The funding formula was initially announced in September 2017 in a new reform intended to allocate fairer funding for under-funded authorities in Britain.

Lincolnshire currently sits around third from the bottom nationally for the poor-funded schools, coming at 48th for primary school funding and 56th for secondary students.