South Gloucestershire schools will receive a funding boost over the next three years.

There will be a 5.3 per cent increase in funding in the first year of a three-year boost worth more than £10million.

This includes an extra £2.8m to support children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).

The announcement also includes news that £1.5 billion of teacher's pensions contributions will be covered across the country.

South Gloucestershire has historically received among the lowest per pupil funding in the country.

Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall said: “As a local father who was educated in South Gloucestershire state schools, I understand just how important this rise in school finding is for our community.

"I have consistently fought for more money for local schools, and this is a welcome step for our children's education.”

Cllr Toby Savage, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “This is a major campaign win. Alongside our local MPs, the Council has lobbied central government for change as part of the F40 group of lowest funded authorities, and I am delighted that our calls for increased funding have been met with positive action.

“Improving school standards is the number one priority for the Council, and this additional funding will go a great distance to support the record levels of capital funding we are putting into schools over the coming years to deliver the best possible outcomes for local youngsters so they can fulfil their potential in life.”

Councillor Erica Williams, South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Employment, said: “This new funding is excellent news for our pupils and teachers and will make a real difference in our work together to drive up standards across South Gloucestershire.

“The overall increase amounts to more than £10m, which is very welcome and represents a larger increase than the national average in recognition of our historically lower funded position.

"The extra £2.8m that is particularly focussed on support for SEND pupils will also make a difference, although we will be making sure that the Government understands that we will need more in future funding rounds to make sure we can meet their needs.”

A consultation will be launched with schools next month on how this funding will be spent.