Peter Kyle responds to new data on students in receipt of pupil premium
Peter Kyle MP, Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister, responding to new data showing a quarter of pupils in receipt of pupil premium are not in education, training or employment five years after leaving school, said:
“This data shows that under the Conservatives young people on free school meals are being held back compared with their better-off peers.
“Education should be our most effective weapon for combating inequalities, but real-terms cuts to school budgets and 16-19 education have taken opportunities away from the young people who need them most.
“As we rebuild from this pandemic, children and young people should be at the heart of our recovery, yet the Government has delivered a stealth cut to pupil premium funding, and is failing to deliver the early careers information, advice and guidance needed.”
Notes to editors
- Department for Education statistics show 26% of pupils classed as disadvantaged – those in receipt of pupil premium– were not in employment, education or training (NEET) five years after leaving school. This is seventeen percentage points higher than the same figure for other pupils and an increase of 4% on the previous year. https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/longer-term-destinations
- Poor outcomes for pupils on pupil premium were even worse in Alternative Provision, where 62% of pupils on pupil premium were NEET five years after leaving school (up from 55 per cent the year before).
- School spending per pupil in England fell by 9% in real terms between 2009–10 and 2019–20. This represents the largest cut in over 40 years. https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/15025
- Expenditure on 16-19 education fell from £6.39 billion in 2010-11 to £5.68 billion in 2017-18, a reduction of 11.1% in cash terms and 21.0% in real terms.
Source: House of Commons Library 16-19 education funding in England since 2010 https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn07019/
- The Conservatives have delivered a ‘stealth cut’ to school budget reducing the number of children eligible for pupil premium funding – additional funding allocated to children on free school meals or who are looked after to help them achieve at school: https://labour.org.uk/press/conservatives-stealth-cut-to-school-funding-shows-disregard-for-childrens-futures/
- Figures for state-funded mainstream schools for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 cohorts (year 5 after KS4) are produced in the Pivot Table below:
- Figures for alternative provision for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 cohorts (year 5 after KS4) are produced in the Pivot Table below: