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Cmat's Response to School Funding Announcement

Following the statement to parliament on the 17th July by Education Secretary, Justine Greening, regarding school funding, Mr Hermitt., CEO of Congleton Multi-Academy Trust, commented:

"Our plight as poorly funded schools was taken up vigorously by our local MP, Fiona Bruce, who was the first to act when the previous proposals were put forward in December 2016. We are extremely grateful for Fiona's dedication and tenacity in this matter and her work alongside parents and others has led to this about turn by the Government to implement a fairer funding formula. We are delighted that the Government has now confirmed an additional 1.3 billion pounds of funding in the next three years.

"In particular, we are pleased that a minimum of £4,800 per secondary school student has been guaranteed. Along with other local headteachers, I met with Department for Education officials over several months to highlight the necessity for all schools to receive a minimum level of funding regardless of the characteristics of individual students. They have listened and acted.

"We still await further details about how this additional funding will be distributed."



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