Pupil Premium & Free Schools

The Con-Dem party have delivered the following promises on education;

• new providers can enter the state school system in response to parental demand
• We will fund a significant premium for disadvantaged pupils

These flagship policies from both parties don’t marry together. How can they?

The ‘Pupil Premium’ policy was designed to inject much needed money to disadvantaged pupils/disadvantaged schools. However, the ‘Free School’ policy allows ‘anyone’ to set up a school anywhere for anyone. The government will give state education funding for those who wish to do this. Funding that will have a direct impact on existing school budgets.

Surely this is either taking money away from disadvantaged pupils or taking money out of disadvantaged schools…or at the very least disadvantaging schools further.

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