ISLE of Wight schools have received a £4.8 million government funding boost.

The Isle of Wight Council said the cash injection, from the Department for Education, was the biggest in a decade.

It will raise per pupil funding to at least £5,000 for secondary school students next year and £3,750 for primary school pupils.

The deal includes an additional £3.5 million for mainstream schools, £1.2 million for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities and £129,000 for early years provision.

Cllr Paul Brading, cabinet member for children's services, said: "We welcome this extra investment in our schools, bringing the total budget for Island education to £98 million.

"We recognise the pressures both schools and the teaching profession as a whole have been under and they have been doing a very good job at managing as best they can.

"The extra funding announced by the government should help reduce that pressure and is a step in the right direction.

"However, we do recognise more money needs to be found over the next few years to put education on a secure financial footing."