Funding plan will hit poor pupils hardest - campaigners

Schools in England with the highest numbers of disadvantaged children will be hit hardest by government plans to change funding, say campaigners.

 

Schools where over 40% of pupils are eligible for free meals will lose most, say National Union of Teachers and Child Poverty Action Group researchers.

 

Ministers should rethink the national funding formula, which is due to begin in 2018-19, they say.

 

The government says the proposals will end a "postcode lottery" in funding.

 

The plans, announced late last year, will change the way that per pupil funding for schools is allocated and will mean a cash boost for more than half of schools, according to the government.

 

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