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129 schools across Norfolk could benefit from more education funding

129 schools across Norfolk could benefit from more education funding

Published by KLFM
6:21am 30th August 2019.

Pupils at 129 Norfolk schools could get more funding under the proposal from the Prime Minister to boost education funding.

That's according to analysis of school funding data from the House of Commons Library. 

The type of funding on which the analysis is based – the National Funding Formula – is partly calculated using the number of pupils at a school.

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At the moment 106 of the 351 primary schools in Norfolk receive less than £4,000 for each child.

Each student at the schools get an average of £3,754 so under the new proposals they would get a boost of £246.

The analysis also suggests that 23 of 49 secondaries in Norfolk do not currently get £5,000 per pupil, instead seeing an average funding of £4,539 – they would see an increase of £461.

The House of Commons Library used pupil numbers from the previous year, so the figures could be subject to change.

Councils, which receive the cash, are not currently required to pass these minimum amounts on to schools, so they could actually get less.

Schools considered “new and growing” by the Department for Education are excluded, as are those for which funding data was not available.

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Despite this, education experts and teaching unions say the promise falls far short of the amount needed to tackle a funding crisis and would favour the least disadvantaged schools.

Andrew Morris, assistant general secretary of the National Education Union, said the pledge falls £8bn short of what is required, with 91% of schools having lost funding since 2015. He said:

“This analysis shows that [the Prime Minister's] pledge would give more than half of schools no extra money at all.

“He has also ignored special educational needs, early years and post-16 education and all the extra costs such as pensions contributions that his Government is heaping onto schools."

More details will be announced in due course and a DfE spokesperson said that for now, "any assumptions are purely speculative."

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