Schools with most disadvantaged pupils face biggest cuts

Funding cuts will hit children "most in need" according to NUT research.

 

The 1,000 schools with the highest proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals are facing particularly severe funding cuts, according to findings published today.

 

In secondary schools where more than two fifths of children are on free school meals, the average real-terms loss per pupil between 2015-16 and 2019-20 will be £803 a year, reveals the research by the National Union for Teachers and Child Poverty Action Group.

 

That amounts to £326 a year more than the average cut per secondary school, the joint research shows.

 

Among primary schools, those with 40 per cent of pupils on FSM are set to lose £473 per pupil in real terms, per year - £140 more per year than the average.

 

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