Parent school donations ‘exacerbating inequality’

Pupils in some of the poorest regions of England are losing out because parents cannot afford to fill a funding shortfall with donations, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has found.

In 2017-18, the average school in London raised £43,000 from donations. In Yorkshire, it was just £13,300. The Fair Education Alliance said this gap “exacerbates unfairness between rich and poor”.

The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme’s analysis of Department for Education data shows the average school in England generated £59 per pupil from donations in 2017-18 – 1.07% of its overall budget.

One school in Sunderland gained just £679 from donations, the equivalent of 43p per pupil, in 2017-18.

Sam Butters, head of the Fair Education Alliance – a coalition of 150 organisations aimed at tackling perceived inequalities in the school system – said “If insufficient school funding requires donations from parents to meet shortfalls, schools in deprived areas are going to lose out.”

Read more regional analysis in the full article Parent school donations ‘exacerbating inequality’ 

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