Thursday 20 May 2021 / 5:44 PM Peter Kyle

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.” 

Ends 

  

Notes to editors 

  

  • 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). 

 

  

  • 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/

  

  

  • 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: