Boris Johnson accused of ‘hollow’ school funding pledge

Boris Johnson’s pledge to increase spending on cash strapped schools to at least £5,000 per pupil has been branded “hollow and empty” after an analysis suggested it amounted to a rise of just 0.1 per cent. iNews reports.

“It is simply not sustainable that funding per pupil should be £6,800 in parts of London and £4,200 in some other parts of the country,” he wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.

But his offer to ensure at least £5,000 in funding per secondary school pupil in England has been denounced by Labour and the teaching unions after research suggested it would amount to less than £50m.

An analysis by trade title Schools Week found that only 33 of 150 local authorities are due to be funded at less than £5,000 per pupil next year.

Bringing per pupil spending up to £5,000 for the roughly 773,000 secondary pupils in those areas would cost £49.9 million, or approximately just over 0.1 per cent of £43.5bn budget for the Department for Education.

Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said the analysis showed Mr Johnson “can’t be trusted on anything he says”.

“The British public will see through these empty promises and hollow words,” Ms Rayner said. “Parents should not believe a word any Tory MP says on school funding when our schools are being forced to close early and send begging letters to parents to afford basic supplies as a result of Tory cuts.”

The National Education Union’s joint general secretary Mary Bousted branded the announcement “woefully inadequate”.

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