James has worked to ensure Somerset gets a fair deal and the funding formula has delivered budget increases to all schools in the Wells constituency but James knew there were still funding pressures for local schools, caused by falling student numbers, cost increases and the need to ensure the buildings are of the standard they should be.
Since 2015, he has meet with headteachers across the constituency to keep up-to-date with the requirements and progress of the schools (and Multi-Academy Trusts) throughout the patch. Local schools have received an extra £500 per year for every child and as well as this 25 schools have received funding for new facilities or refurbishment.
Schools in the Wells constituency are performing extremely well but James is focused on providing schools with the finances they need to continue to inspire the next generation. That is why next year's additional funding of more than £58million is so welcome. This equates to more than £4000 per pupil in each primary school and more than £5000 per pupil in each secondary school.
Going forward, James will be focused on securing funding for sixth form and colleges, having worked closely with the King Alfred School to showcase the value of offering a high quality sixth form.
This gives young people a brilliant choice with regards to higher education - something James is very passionate about.