We completely oppose the Conservative’s changes to the pupil premium originally introduced by the LibDems when in government to help disadvantaged children.
Due to drastic funding cuts, many schools are now having to use the pupil premium to make ends meet (not its intended purpose). For example Ruishton School already has a £41,000 funding shortfall whilst North Curry School has a £54,000 shortfall. These figures and further information can be found at schoolcuts.org.uk
Between October 2020 and January 2021, an additional 704 children became eligible for pupil premium in Somerset, making a total of 12,755 children across the county.
However the recently-changed Conservative Government formula is now based on the October 2020 pupil census rather than the January one. This means 704 children now do not qualify for the pupil premium and schools in Somerset have lost out on £880,000. This adds further pressure on already underfunded schools with a knock on effect to the education our children receive.
The LibDems are demanding the Government base pupil premium on the current numbers of qualified children. To provide proper education, schools must be properly funded.
We the undersigned call on Education Secretary, Gavin Willamson, to fund our schools properly.
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