Commenting on analysis from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) showing school funding increases are set to disproportionately benefit pupils from more affluent backgrounds, Avis Gilmore, deputy general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

"While the Government has promised levelling up in school funding this EPI report shows that the reverse is happening - with more of the extra funding going to richer areas than to the poorest areas. 

“The NEU published data in October 2019 which showed that, even taking into account the planned funding increases for 2020, schools serving the poorest students had suffered most under the Conservatives.  Primary schools serving the most deprived intakes had seen their annual funding per pupil fall on average by £382 in real terms since 2015, compared to £125 for those with the least deprived intakes.  The figures for secondary schools were even greater, with those serving the most deprived intakes losing £509 in real terms per pupil compared to £117 for those with the least deprived intakes.

“This EPI report hows that the Government is increasing that gap, not closing it, through the way it is distributing its 2020 funding increase, with bigger increases going to those schools with fewer disadvantaged students.

“The cuts schools and colleges have suffered to their budgets since 2015 have impacted greatly on children and young peoples education. While we welcome the extra money being given to schools and colleges it is still not enough to address the current shortfall in funding. Focusing the additional funding available away from those students with the greatest need will result in many children not getting the education they deserve.”


Editor’s Note

The NEU funding data referred to above continue to be available via the School Cuts website.