“The fact that poorer students now benefit more from education funding is extremely welcome.  However, specific increases in funding for disadvantaged students happened almost entirely under the last Labour Government. Since then the Conservatives have cut funding from all pupils, but they are cutting most from the poorest pupils and least from the richest pupils.

“Furthermore, some of this phenomenon is due to poorer students deciding to stay on in education beyond 16, rather than to any funding increase directed towards them.  Actions such as the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance and the increases in tuition fees are likely to reverse that trend, not encourage it further, and Government policy on 16-19 funding is hitting every student particularly hard regardless of their background.”