A Campaign calling for fairer funding for schools in Solihull has made its way to Government level.
Meriden MP Caroline Spelman, Solihull MP Lorely Burt and prospective MP for Solihull Julian Knight joined forces with other politicians and councillors this week to lobby the education minister Nick Gibb.
The purpose of the campaign is to secure extra funding for Solihull schools by ensuring that the 6,000 pupils who come to Solihull from Birmingham to study each day automatically bring with them the higher pupil allowance paid to Birmingham. Currently, Solihull is the fourth lowest funded borough in England and Wales, with just £4,188 paid by central government per year, per pupil.
Mr Knight said: “The discussions were excellent and I felt the education minister really listened to our case.
“We are not asking for equality of funding with Birmingham, only that the 6,000 pupils coming from our bigger neighbour bring with them £5,218 each and not £4,188. This will bring in vital extra cash and ensure that our schools can retain experienced staff and maintain their high standards.”
Conservative Mrs Spelman said: “I have fought long and hard for fairer funding for our schools. The current system disadvantages schools in Solihull Borough, and I am glad we had been able to talk productively with a Minister about redressing this problem. Although this area will benefit from additional funds allocated by the government, there is still more work to do to ensure we get the best deal for local schools and their pupils.”
Liberal Democrat Mrs Burt added: “Teachers in Solihull do a fantastic job with what they have but the system is not fair on them or on local kids.
“The huge spillover of pupils from Birmingham into Solihull just shows that the current funding formula isn’t working as it’s supposed to.
“Our local kids’ schools need a fair share of funding now, before it’s too late.”