East Riding schools worst-funded in England

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Published: Monday 23rd March 2015 by KCFM

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From the start of April, the East Riding of Yorkshire will be the worst-funded educational authority in the country.

The authority will get just over four thousand pounds per pupil – less than half of what’s spent per pupil in the City of London.

Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding’s leader for children, young people, and education,┬ásays the current system for allocating government schools funding isn’t fair, and the latest funding allocation will not help those East Riding schools which are under-performing in Ofsted inspections:

“I don’t think it’s terribly fair that a child sitting on one side of a local authority boundary should be funded at a different level to a child sitting the other side of a boundary. It’s just a line on a map.”

“Schools that are poorly funded don’t have the same flexibility as better-funded schools when it comes to staffing levels, resources, and that’s bound to have an impact on the child’s education. It could result in higher class sizes.”

“If you’re looking to get from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’, it does take a lot of money to do so. The amount of money that you have available does have a direct impact on that. The more money you have, the greater your chances of improvement.”

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Published: Monday 23rd March 2015 by KCFM

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