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County schools losing out, says MP
A Leicestershire MP is raising concerns about the low level of funding received for the county's schools.

Conservative MP for Blaby, Andrew Robathan, wants to highlight figures which reportedly show county schools get less money per pupil than anywhere else in the country.

He says it is unfair and the government needs to address the problem.

The MP says a new funding formula introduced at the end of last year has made the county even worse off than before.

Education in the county has been very very badly done by
Andrew Robathan, MP for Blaby
The amount of money education authorities are given depends on a basic amount per pupil, with extra for deprivation and areas with additional costs.

It means Leicestershire schools receive an average of 400 less per child than those in other parts of the country, according to Mr Robathan.

He told BBC Radio Leicester: "Education in the county has been very very badly done by.

Head loses out

"If the county was funded as well as Leicester city is funded there would be nearly 52m more for education in the county.

"It is threatening redundancies, it is threatening a lot of the extras one would hope that schools would be able to provide but more than anything it is threatening the core number of teachers in schools which is deeply worrying."

Rita Nixon, headteacher at Winstanley Community College in Braunstone, said: "It is very difficult when you look at the settlement and see that some other counties have done so much better.

"I mean they do say we are 400 adrift of the national average funding per child in our schools in Leicestershire.

"In our case, if we if we had 200 more per child in our school we would have over 100,000 in the budget every year."

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