BOLTON children will have a better chance of attending a good school thanks to a government boost in cash per pupil, the town's Conservative MP Chris Green has claimed.

Earlier this month Prime Minister Boris Johnson and education secretary Gavin Williamson announced that investment in primary and secondary schools will increase nationally by £2.6billion in the next year.

Of this £234 million is earmarked for schools in the North West.

Bolton West MP Mr Green said this translated to an average increase of nearly six per cent more funding per pupil. for the town secondaries and primairies,

He also highlighted that the cash would increase the salary of newly-trained teachers by £6,000 a year to £30,000 by 2022.

Mr Green said: “I’m delighted the government is increasing school funding well above inflation across Bolton with an average six per cent rise in funding per pupil.

“Parents want to be able to send their children to a good quality local school and this boost will ensure that more children across Bolton can access a fantastic education and get the best start.

“Headteachers have also been telling me the concerns they have with recruitment and retention and I am pleased the rise in salaries will attract more top-quality teachers into our schools, whilst solving the problems with their retention."