School asks BBC Children in Need to cover funding gap

Downshall primary school in Ilford, east London, which has a large proportion of children from disadvantaged backgrounds – 89% of whom have English as a second language – has put in a bid to the charity for funding to pay for pastoral care for three years. The Guardian reports.

The school has been forced to axe its team of two pastoral support workers because of budget constraints. It is also having to cut back on reading support assistants and specialist PE staff. 

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