Edco News Round up July 2020

Schools to get up to £250 extra cash for every pupil

On Sunday night, Boris Johnson announced that as part of the new pupil funding plan, schools would receive up to an extra £250 for every primary school pupil and up to £150 for secondary-age children.

The prime minister made a manifesto pledge last year after school cuts were a significant issue in the 2017 general election. There will be smaller rises for some 'historically higher funded' local authorities, while smaller and remote schools will receive additional money to reflect the pressures they face.

Ahead of his school visit on Monday, Mr Johnson, said: "Every child deserves a superb education, regardless of which school they attend or where they happened to grow up... That is why we are providing additional funding now and for the future for every school, with those historically underfunded receiving the greatest increase."

The education secretary is also due to announce more details of the £1bn catch-up fund to help students who have missed out on months of classroom teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Boris Johnson to unveil pupil funding plan during school visit - The Guardian 
Schools to get up to £250 extra cash for every pupil under new funding plan - Mirror
London schools to gain least from extra DfE billions - TES

Teachers look to receive a 3.1% pay increase

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced last night that almost 900,000 public sector workers are to get an above-inflation pay rise, including doctors, teachers and police officers.

Teachers in England will see the largest increase at 3.1%.

The Chancellor said he recognised their "vital contribution" during the coronavirus pandemic.

Above-inflation pay rise for almost 900,000 public sector workers - BBC
Almost 900,000 public sector workers to get a pay rise, says Sunak - The Guardian

Black Lives Matter: Calls for black history to be added to the national curriculum

Many argue that education is a critical tool in remedying the nation's structures of systemic racism and a key focus in the Black Lives Matter movement has been how we choose to tell the history of the country.

Data collated by the Guardian shows that although schools are permitted to teach black history, as well as the history of people outside Europe and the US, few of them actually do.

Black British history: the row over the school curriculum in England - The Guardian
Calls for black history to be added to the national curriculum rise as protests sweep UK - Evening Standard