Commenting on The Implications of Covid-19 on the School Funding Landscape, a report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

"The NFER report has confirmed what the education world already knew. 

"Schools are struggling to cope with the extra costs of Covid-19. Extra money is being spent on cleaning costs, school layouts and extra heating, meanwhile schools are losing out on lettings income. 

"It is unsurprising that schools in deprived areas are suffering most. The introduction of minimum per pupil funding levels mean money is being directed to better off areas irrespective of need. 

"The Government has announced a Covid-19 Workforce Fund to cover extra costs. However, it only covers 1 November to the end of the Christmas term and schools with reserves are not eligible. The Covid-19 crisis is set to continue until at least the end of the Easter term, and probably the rest of the academic year, so schools will be back in the same position from the start of the new year."