Commenting on the Secretary of State for Education’s announcement of an additional £1.3bn for schools, Sam Freedman, Executive Director at Teach First, said:
“This is really positive news, and great to see Justine Greening securing an increase in funding to ensure it keeps pace with the growing pupil population until 2020. This will undoubtedly help ease the current pressure on schools.
“We look forward to seeing the detail but it’s positive to hear the government will provide more money for schools serving poorer children and those who start school already behind. A new national formula should address some of the inequities in the current system, and ensure money more closely follows pupils with the greatest needs. We hope the government continue to focus this additional investment on schools that need it the most.”
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About Teach First
We are an education charity that believe that disadvantage should not determine destiny. Our vision is that no child's educational success should be limited by their socio-economic background.
Our charity invests in the power of people to change the lives of children from low income backgrounds by:
- finding and developing great people to teach and lead in schools facing the greatest challenges;
- increasing the attainment and aspirations of pupils and their access to higher education and employment; and,
- building a movement of teachers, school leaders, social entrepreneurs, policy makers and business people who are committed to ending educational inequality.
Since 2003, Teach First has placed 10,000 leaders in schools serving low-income communities, reaching over 1 million young people.