On Friday 30 August, the department announced a new £14 billion funding boost for schools between now and 2022/23. This received significant coverage on broadcast, in print and online over the weekend, including from BBC Online, I News, the Mail, the Metro, the Telegraph and more.
Every secondary school will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year, with every primary school getting a minimum of £4,000 per pupil from 2021/22. The deal also includes over £700 million extra for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in 2020-21.
In addition to this package, schools will receive £4.4billion over three years to cover rising pension costs and ensure they can focus their resources on the front line.
On Saturday 31 August, we also announced new funding for further education - £500 million of additional funding of which, £400m will go towards improving education in colleges and school sixth forms.
Then, earlier today, Monday 2 September, the department announced salaries for new teachers will rise to £30,000 by 2022-23.This announcement solidifies our ambition for the best talent in the country to be drawn to teaching, and for schools to be able to compete with employers in the labour market to recruit the very best.
The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
We owe it to the next generation to ensure our education system is world class, and that nothing stands in the way of our young people having the best choices in life, whatever course they take.
This £14billion funding increase – the largest cash boost in a generation - means our schools can continue to raise standards and build an education system that boosts productivity, improves social mobility and equips children with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the bright future that lies ahead.
Teachers truly are the lifeblood of a school and I have been instantly impressed by the dedication, commitment and hard work that I have seen from those at the front of our classrooms.