Schools in two parts of Merseyside are to be given more money

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Boris Johnson has promised schools in two parts of Merseyside more money as part of his 'levelling up' agenda.

The Prime Minister has this week announced there will be 'more support' to improve teaching in South Sefton and North Liverpool, as well as in Plymouth, Ashfield and Mansfield, and North Durham and City.

The Prime Minister's office told Tes that schools in the four areas will also be encouraged to join multi-academy trusts "so pupils can benefit from being part of a strong group of schools that provide the best possible education".

SchoolCuts – a movement supported by education bodies – says 83% of schools will lose out next year because of Government cuts.

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Back in 2018, schools across Sefton sent letters to parents, imploring them to write to then-Prime Minister Theresa May asking her to stop cutting education funding.

The letters said schools have had to find extra money each year to fund inflationary cost increases and significant rises in utility costs, as well as being burdened with the additional costs for services that were once provided for free by the Local Authority; and that “your children receive an excellent education in and [we] urge you to help [us] to ensure that we can continue to provide this".

A number of schools in the borough have either had to close or merge in recent years, after struggling to balance their budgets..

Liverpool City Council and Sefton Council both say any extra funding for education is welcome.

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A Liverpool Council spokeswoman told the ECHO : “Any investment in education is welcome.

"We understand that the investment will be in the Wavertree, Walton and West Derby constituencies.

"At present, there are limited details about how much investment will be coming to the city and how it is specifically to be used.”

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding echoed this, saying: “Sefton welcomes any investment in our schools and look forward to holding discussions with the Department for Education on the details of how we will be able to use this funding to invest in the education of the borough’s young people.”

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