SCHOOLS in the Chester area are to benefit from an extra £9.4 million of funding from next year.
The move follows an announcement by Minister for Education, David Laws, that additional funding of £350m will be made available nationally for the poorest-funded schools in England.
For Cheshire West and Chester this means schools in the borough will benefit from £9.4m from April 2015 – representing a 5.4 per cent increase on existing funding levels.
Cllr Mark Stocks, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWaC) executive member for education and children, said: “This authority, as a member of the F40 group which represents the interests of the poorest funded local authorities, has long campaigned for more equitable funding for our schools. West Cheshire schools have always lost out when compared to schools in the majority of other authorities under the old system of funding allocation, which was outdated and unfair.
“I am delighted our campaigning has borne fruit. The funding available to our schools from 2015 will no doubt ensure we see a real difference on the ground.”
The new system will see funding allocated to local areas on the basis of the characteristics of their pupils and schools, rather than simply on the basis of historic levels of spending.