Scott was very proud to be part of the campaign to level up school funding in the constituency where he went to school and grew up. He will continue to work hard to deliver a world-class education for North Cornwall's children. As part of the Conservative Government, Scott and fellow Cornish MPs have been successful in ensuring pupils in rural constituencies like ours get the same funding as those in the cities.
Since his first election to Parliament in 2015, Scott has been campaigning for the Government to address the disparity in pupil funding between urban and rural schools and implement a new fairer funding formula.
It has been the case for many years that a pupil in a school in one part of the country can receive over 50 per cent more funding than a pupil in an identical school in another part of the country, and it is important to make schools and early education funding fairer.
Scott has therefore joined other MPs from across the UK in calling for a fairer funding model which recognises the challenges facing schools in rural areas like North Cornwall. In October 2015, Scott signed a letter to the Prime Minister along with 110 other MPs asking that school funding be made fairer and repeated these calls in Parliament on a number of occasions.
In July 2017, the Government announced £1.3 billion extra for schools, and in September after lengthy consultation with schools and the public, it revealed its new National Funding Formula which will implement a fairer funding model and deliver an increase in funding for every school and pupil in North Cornwall, with an average funding increase of 4.3%.
After becoming Prime Minister in 2019, Boris Johnson announced that we are boosting schools with a record £14 billion, levelling up per-pupil funding across the country so every child in North Cornwall has a world-class education. The cash boost will mean that every secondary school in North Cornwall will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year and every primary school will get a minimum of £4,000 per pupil from 2021-22, rising at least in line with inflation.
In 2020, following a rigorous assessment process, the Secretary of State for Education has announced over £434 million for 1,476 projects at 1,243 academies, sixth form colleges and non-diocesan voluntary aided schools.