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Parents' views sought on funding Devon schools

Parents are being urged to join in a government consultation on future funding for Devon schools.

It comes amid concerns that Devon pupils will get less than the average for English pupils in 2011/12.

Devon County Council said its pupils have lagged behind the national average, with every Devon child getting £393 less than the average in 2010/11.

The government said it wanted funding to be "fair" and resources should be targeted at areas of "greatest need".

David Fitzsimmons, Holsworthy Community College principal, said: "It costs roughly the same to employ a teacher anywhere in the country because of the national pay scales.

"Books and equipment cost the same. So do most of the running costs of a school.

"And in Devon many remote schools have to pay more for such services as broadband because of their distance from the main hub."

Schools Minister Vernon Coaker said: "It is the case that not all authorities receive the same amount per pupil but it is right to invest resources where they are most needed.

"Funding levels reflect relative disadvantage in each area and Devon has fewer pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

"We have given schools three year budgets to enable them to plan ahead on a much more certain and predictable basis, leading to improved financial management and better outcomes for pupils."



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