MPs secure £1.15m schools grant to aid Covid-19 recovery
- Credit: Archant
Schools across Fenland and east Cambridgeshire will share over £1.15million to help them recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The money is on top of awards made earlier to all schools under a national Covid Recovery funding scheme.
NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay and SE Cambs Lucy Frazer, welcomed the extra funding.
It follows on from their campaign of recent years to ensure both areas were included in the Department for Education’s Opportunity Area (OA) programme.
The new funding will also focus on improving exam results as well as helping support pupils at risk of falling out of education.
You may also want to watch:
Mr Barclay said: “Many teachers, governors and pupils have worked hard to ensure learning continues during the challenges of Covid.
“This extra funding announcement could not come at a better time in supporting them as we build back better from the pandemic.”
- 1 'Numerous cars' in roundabout crash
- 2 Police share images of Wisbech cannabis factory
- 3 Recycling firm goes bust ahead of £55,000 court fines and costs
- 4 ‘I’m tired of being fobbed off’ says customer of Wisbech builder
- 5 Man hails social media after finding stolen dumper in under 48 hours
- 6 Grandmother crochets 'worry worms' for children to find
- 7 Plans for multi-million pound training school given green light
- 8 Friends pay tribute to ‘great young lad’ who drowned at Bawsey Pits
- 9 Spotted in Ely founder Mark Cooney dies
- 10 Norfolk has no Covid patients in hospital for first time since August
One of the schools Mr Barclay visited last week which has benefited from the programme is Townley Primary School in Christchurch, which also received a Primary Science Quality Mark.
Ms Frazer said: “The scheme is having a positive effect on student attainment and laying the groundwork for improved social mobility.
“I am proud that the Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Recruitment Incentives Grant has helped recruit more teachers into our schools and improve our mental health support.”
So far, the programme has helped to recruit 79 teachers into 19 Fenland and east Cambridgeshire schools through funding for training, development and resources.
Fenland and east Cambridgeshire is one of 12 regions that received additional school funding as part of the scheme, which has invested £90m on aspects such as improving school standards, attendance and tackling barriers to learning outside of school.
Schools minister Michelle Donelan MP said OAs have been making a real difference in levelling up the outcomes for children and young people.
The scheme was there to support “some of the most disadvantaged parts of the country, from early years into employment”.
The minister said: “This funding will enable them to continue this important work.
“It will help sustain long-term improvements and outcomes, support more children and young people, and level up standards across England.”
The Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area was launched by the government in January 2017 as one of 12 OAs across England.