Schools to lose pupil premium fudning
Schools to lose pupil premium fudning

This Tory Government is cutting the funding to our schools. They have decided to change the date they take school census numbers from January each year to October to calculate pupil premium payments to schools. By doing this newly registered pupils will not be calculated in the pupil premium allocations. For Newcastle schools, this will mean a cut of 0.778m pupil premium funding from their budgets for the 2021 – 22 financial year. That accounts for 621 children
Councillor Paula Holland, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills said, ‘I’m astonished at this latest proposal, our schools and their amazing staff have worked so hard to keep schools open and safe. Yet this Tory government rewards them with adding extra stress and meddling about with funding that is crucial to the well-being of our children.’
Cutting the time frame also means that schools have less opportunity to work with families to ensure they claim their free school meal entitlement.
Commenting further Cllr Holland said ‘It’s as if the government haven’t listened to the huge outcry from around the country who want children to be given the best start in life.
Ensuring they have access to nutritious meals is essential. That’s why this Labour administration will ensure that no child goes hungry due to bureaucrats in London not understanding our great city’s needs.’

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