Education funding changes welcomed by Lincolnshire providers

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Education providers in Lincolnshire have welcomed government proposals for a fairer funding formula, expected to benefit short-changed rural counties.

The Chancellor George Osborne pledged in last week’s Spending Review to distribute funding in a ‘fairer way than ever before’.

Lincolnshire County Council’s executive councillor for children’s services Coun Patricia Bradwell was ‘delighted’ with the news, although the finer details remained to be seen.

“We’re delighted that schools funding is to be protected and that a fairer funding formula for local authorities will help our schools and remove the current inequalities,” she said.

“We look forward to seeing the detail behind the headlines.”

The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, which operates Skegness Academy along with four local primary schools, has also met the news with cautious optimism and pledged to ensure any extra funding would be use for its students’ benefit.

GDFT chief executive Barry Day said: “We’ve not had a chance to review the details but the one thing we will guarantee is that if there’s any increase to the funding it will be spent on a greater amount of high quality teachers to make sure that we hit the aspirations results we have set out to achieve.”

In the past, schools in counties such as Lincolnshire have received far less funding per pupils than those of a similar size and intake in large cities.

Mr Osborne believes his announcement will end that inequality.