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Education Secretary visits Cornwall school as PM announces huge funding

Education Secretary visits Cornwall school as PM announces huge funding

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:16pm 10th October 2019. (Updated at 5:57am 11th October 2019)

The Education Secretary says funding for all schools in Cornwall is "incredibly important" to him. 

Gavin Williamson has paid a visit to staff and pupils at St Mary's CofE in Truro to talk about the impact extra government money will have on schools in the area. 

Mr Williamson's visit comes after the Prime Minister announced he will invest over £14 billion in primary and secondary education between now and 2022/23. 

More than 100 schools in Cornwall could get more cash. 

Scroll down to find out which schools in Cornwall will benefit. 

This will see every secondary school receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year, with every primary school getting a minimum of £4,000 from 2021/22. 

There will also be £700million extra for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in 2020/21. 

Mr Williamson told Pirate: 

"I always recall when I got this job, literally within an hour, every single one of Cornish conservative MPs were on the phone to me actually saying one of the key things that we need is more money here in Cornwall for our schools.

"As part of that i'm glad this is what we're going to be able to deliver more money, more investment for every single school in Cornwall and that for me is incredibly important."

Mr Williamson said the money will be spent on "driving up the quality of teaching" as well as supporting more people to join the profession in Cornwall. 

He said: 

"Part of a package of things we are doing, the fact that new teachers starting salaries are going to rise to 30 thousand pounds, plus pension on top of that; I think this is going to be a really important tool in terms of attracting the very best teachers to Cornwall and making a positive impact in terms of teaching in the classroom. "

The Education Secretary also said he faced some tricky questions from the school children...

"I was quizzed over how many schools there are in Cornwall, we talked a lot about books and books that we've all been reading...

"Some tough questioning that was coming from the children in the school and I think it's fair to say even tougher than you get in the House of Commons."

These are the primaries which stand to benefit from the Prime Minister's pledge: 

Archbishop Benson CofE Primary School: (£3,500); Mount Hawke Academy: (£3,500); Parc Eglos School: (£3,500); St Columb Minor Academy: (£3,500); St Mewan Community Primary School: (£3,500); Wadebridge Primary Academy: (£3,500); St Hilary School: (£3,520); St Agnes Ace Academy: (£3,542); St Columb Major Academy: (£3,559); Burraton Community Primary School: (£3,573); Newquay Junior Academy: (£3,593); Sir Robert Geffery's Voluntary Aided Church Of England Primary School: (£3,598); King Charles Primary School: (£3,599); St Michael's Church Of England Primary School: (£3,601); St Uny CofE School: (£3,612).

And these are the secondary schools: 

Newquay Tretherras: (£4,800); Penair School: (£4,800); Wadebridge School: (£4,800); The Roseland Academy: (£4,803); Launceston College: (£4,833); Helston Community College: (£4,838); Penrice Academy: (£4,847); Penryn College: (£4,850); Callington Community College: (£4,860); Mullion School: (£4,868); Saltash.Net Community School: (£4,883); Budehaven Community School: (£4,940); Fowey River Academy: (£4,984); St Ives School: (£4,992).

Some schools in nearby local authority areas may appear in the data for Cornwall due to recent boundary changes.



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