Magazine article Public Finance

Schools Given Promises on 'Pupil Premiums'

Magazine article Public Finance

Schools Given Promises on 'Pupil Premiums'

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All three major parties are agreed that schools with more disadvantaged pupils should be given increased funding.

Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats all made commitments this week to introduce a 'pupil premium'.

The policy would cost an extra £2.5bn a year, according to figures from the LibDems.

It was also billed as extra funding by the Tories, with no school losing out as a result, and would additionally be allocated for children from armed forces families.

Labour's manifesto said it would 'ensure that extra funding to take account of deprivation follows the pupil'.

Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, broadly welcomed the consensus. But he told Public Finance that such a system should be targeted towards deprived rural communities, as inner-city authorities were typically already welt-funded.

'Designing a formula that would deliver that money according to those circumstances would be quite tricky,' he added. …

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