Schools with most disadvantaged pupils could miss out under Boris Johnson’s funding pledge, analysis suggests

According to The Independent those with more affluent intakes, including the majority of grammar schools, will benefit under the prime minister’s proposal, a report from think tank Education Policy Institute (EPI) says.

Mr Johnson has vowed to increase the minimum level of per pupil funding from £3,500 to £4,000 in primary schools and from £4,800 to £5,000 in secondary schools.

This would give a greater boost to schools with less challenging intakes – whereas schools with more disadvantaged students, such as those eligible for free school meals or who speak English as an additional language, would receive less of an uplift despite having greater needs, the analysis suggests.

Jon Andrews, deputy head of research at EPI, said: “This approach would disproportionately direct additional funding towards the least disadvantaged schools with the least challenging intakes at a time when progress in closing the attainment gap has stalled and may be about to go into reverse.”

Read the full article including reaction from the ASCL and NAHT Schools with most disadvantaged pupils could miss out under Boris Johnson’s funding pledge, analysis suggests 

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