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Tories cut Suffolk education budget by £1.19m

May 3, 2021 11:11 PM

m,4c (Photo by MChe Lee on Unsplash)An analysis by Schools Week (See Pupil premium funding change: How much will your area lose? (schoolsweek.co.uk) ) following a freedom of information (FOI) request suggests schools nationally across all councils, will see a cut of £125 million in their budget with Suffolk due to lose £1.19m

This has happened as Ministers decided to base the pupil premium funding on the number of free school meal (FSM) pupils schools had in October, rather than January as previously.

The pupil premium is a grant given by the government to schools in England to decrease the attainment gap for the most disadvantaged children, whether by income or by family upheaval. For each pupil who is eligible for free school meals, or has claimed free school meals in the last six years, their school receives £1,345 extra per pupil, while secondaries get £955.

By taking the new date 970 pupils in Suffolk were deducted from the free school meals total , hence the reduction of over £1m in the budget

It is worth remembering when voting this Thursday.

Conservative candidates make all sorts of promises about improving education performance. At the same time by sleight of hand they have cut the money available to schools