Boris Johnson pledges to raise secondary school spending
First domestic policy proposal sees Tory front-runner pledging at least £5,000 a pupil
Boris Johnson says he would “significantly” lift spending on secondary school students to at least £5,000 per pupil if he becomes the next prime minister.
In his first major domestic policy proposal, Johnson, a former foreign secretary and the front-runner in the race for the Tory leadership, said there was a “growing gulf” between students in London and the rest of the UK.
He said the discrepancy between funding for inner city secondary schools and those in more remote regions had, in some cases, grown to £2,600 per pupil, a situation he described as a “disturbing reality”.
“It is simply not sustainable that funding per pupil should be £6,800 in parts of London and £4,200 in some other parts of the country,” Johnson wrote in Monday’s Daily Telegraph.
“Of course there are special and extra costs of living in the capital, and London schools deserve that recognition. But I pledge to reverse the cuts in per pupil funding, so that thousands of schools get much more per pupil.”
It is understood Johnson would like to increase funding so every secondary school in England spends at least £5,000 per pupil, £200 more than the government’s current aim for 2019-20.
“This country is like a giant that is managing heroically to hop on one leg,” he wrote. “If we fund our schools properly, if we pay sufficient attention both to vocational training as well as to mathematics and languages, then we will loosen the shackle that is holding us back.”
By Sam Buckingham-Jones