‘Discriminating against primaries is disastrous’

Primary schools lose out as formula fails to tackle funding gap between sectors

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It was the standout pledge in Justine Greening’s big school funding announcement at the start of term. The promise to give primary schools at least £3,500 per pupil followed months of lobbying and came after an earlier decision to set a minimum sum at secondary.

However, new analysis suggests that the amount falls far short of what primaries need – and that primary schools will, in fact, fare worst under the government’s funding plans, compared with other types of school.

The analysis, carried out by the NEU teaching union and shared with Tes, shows that primary pupils will attract 5 per cent ...

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