Magazine article Public Finance

Deprived Schools 'Need More Cash'

Magazine article Public Finance

Deprived Schools 'Need More Cash'

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Schools in deprived areas are not getting the extra money they need, London Councils has said in a report designed to influence the government's consultation on education funding.

The April 16 report, Smarter fondingfor schools, argues that the system is based on historical funding levels, with a focus on protecting schools from income fluctuations due to changes in pupil rolls. As a result, it does not take adequate account of the extra cash needed for schools with high numbers of poor children.

London Councils chair Merrick Cockell said: 'More money is being put into education [but] it is not being targeted where it is most needed. This is preventing our poorest children getting the best out of their education and taking the opportunity of escaping poverty through achieving better exam results.'

A senior source at LC told Public Finance that it was particularly concerned that the Department for Education and Skills seemed more concerned with very small pockets of deprivation in otherwise affluent areas and schools, rather than in schools in which large numbers of children were deprived. …

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