Devon - Heads urged to lobby Gove on funding gap

4th June 2010 at 01:00

Devon education bosses are lobbying the new Government and Education Secretary Michael Gove as they step up their campaign for fairer school funding.

They are seeking a meeting with Mr Gove to discuss why funding for children there is #163;393 less than the national average.

Devon County Council's cabinet and the Devon Education Forum - made up of headteachers - have also contributed to the consultation on the current Government school funding review.

Devon sits 148th out of 151 local authorities for education funding, with the gap between it and other local authorities widening each year.

Local authority bosses say Devon pupils are "penalised" because rural deprivation and the sparsity of services is not recognised when money is handed to schools.

Anne Whiteley, the council's director of children and young people's services, is calling on headteachers to write to the Government about the issue.

This is the last opportunity to influence school funding until 2014.

"We now intend to organise a meeting for all the Devon MPs to press our case and to lobby for an early meeting with the new Education Secretary Michael Gove," she said. KM.

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