Friday 11 October 2019 / 3:32 PM Angela Rayner / Education

Government accused of funding Tory areas at expense of poor – Rayner responds

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to headteachers accusing the government of funding more affluent Conservative areas rather than those serving the poor, said:

“Teachers and parents cannot trust Boris Johnson and his rapidly unravelling empty promises.

“Boris Johnson’s Conservatives think they’re born to rule and will only ever look after the privileged few – that is why schools in more affluent, Conservative areas and those attending selective grammar schools are set to benefit, whilst pupils and schools in disadvantaged areas will continue to lose out, entrenching not tackling inequality.

“The priorities of this government are clear – it’s one rule for the wealthy few, and another for the rest of us.

“This shows just how out of touch the Tories are. A Labour government will fully reverse Tory cuts and give our schools the funding they need to ensure every child gets a good education.

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Notes to Editors

 

  • Agnew accused of funding Tory areas at expense of poor https://www.tes.com/news/agnew-accused-funding-tory-areas-expense-poor
  • According to EPI analysis:
    • Primary schools in which less than five per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals – just one or two pupils in each year group – would see an average increase in per pupil funding of £271, while almost all schools serving the most disadvantaged communities would miss out. Overall, the average pupil eligible for free school meals would attract an additional £56 under this proposal, while the average pupil not eligible for free school meals would attract an additional £116.
    • And there is an interesting side story for secondary schools. Who could forget the noise three years ago at the proposal that one way to address social injustice was to expand academic selection with new grammar schools. Like so much in that time, the proposals were lost to the distraction of Brexit and simple Parliamentary arithmetic. The new Prime Minister may well end up helping grammar schools more than the last. All but 12 of England’s 163 grammar schools would benefit under this proposal; at an average of over £130,000 each to their total budgets.
    • https://epi.org.uk/publications-and-research/analysis-the-prime-ministers-promise-to-level-up-school-funding/