Pupil Premium: a pale shadow of itself

13 Dec 2010

 The details announced today of both the pupil premium and the education funding allocations reveal just how deep the spending cuts have hit.

My full analysis of the announcements will be on the BBC News website from Tuesday 14th. But it is clear that the bold promise of the pupil premium has had to be greatly diluted from the Liberal Democrats' plans.

So the pupil premium in 2011-12 will be worth just £430 per pupil or £625 million in total. Schools will have to wait until the end of the spending review in 2014-15 before the Liberal Democrat manifesto promise of a pupil premium worth £2.5 billion is achieved.

For now the government has shelved its original plans to vary the amount of the pupil premium area-by-area.

It has also - again for now - shelved the attempt to find a better way of measuring eligibility for the premium than using the free school meals measure.

The spending announcement from the government also shows how hard it will be for local councils to fund programmes aimed at early intervention for the most needy young people.

Spending on the Early Intervention Grant  will be cut by almost 11% compared to the spending streams it is replacing.

The full statement on the Pupil Premium is here: www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a0070359/written-ministerial-statement-by-the-secretary-of-state-for-education-on-schools-financial-settlement-pupil-premium

And the statement on education spending is here:  www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a0070450/written-ministerial-statement-by-the-secretary-of-state-for-education-on-schools-financial-settlement-education-spending

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