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101 schools in Cornwall could get more cash

101 schools in Cornwall could get more cash

Published by Sarah Yeomanat 7:00am 31st August 2019.

Pupils at 101 schools across Cornwall could get more cash under a proposal to boost education funding.

Boris Johnson pledged to 'level up' spending for young learners in his first speech as Prime Minister in July.

The policy would see the minimum per pupil funding rise from £3,500 to £4,000 in primary schools, and from £4,800 to £5,000 for secondary students.

But education experts and teaching unions say the promise falls far short of the amount needed to tackle a funding crisis, and would favour the least disadvantaged schools.

Scroll down to find out which schools in Cornwall will benefit from the extra cash.

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How does the funding work?

Analysis of school funding data by the House of Commons Library shows that, of 233 primary schools in Cornwall, 87 currently receive less than £4,000 for each child.

Each student at these schools gets £3,733 on average, meaning they would receive a boost of £267.

The analysis also suggests that 14 of 31 secondaries in Cornwall do not currently get £5,000 per pupil, instead seeing an average funding of £4,855 – they would see an increase of £145.

Jon Andrews, deputy head of research at the Education Policy Institute, said the Prime Minister’s drive to even up cash for schools implies that funding should be equal, despite the fact that children’s circumstances and opportunities differ.

"Any attempt to crudely level up funding would disproportionately direct additional funding towards the least disadvantaged schools with the least challenging intakes, at a time when progress in closing the attainment gap has stalled and may be about to go into reverse."

Jon Andrews, Education Policy Institute

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The type of funding on which the analysis is based - the National Funding Formula - is partly calculated using the number of pupils at a school.

Councils, which receive the cash, are not currently required to pass these minimum amounts on to schools, so they could actually get less.

Andrew Morris, assistant general secretary of the National Education Union, said the pledge falls £8bn short of what is required, with 91% of schools having lost funding since 2015.

"This analysis shows that [the Prime Minister's] pledge would give more than half of schools no extra money at all.

"He has also ignored special educational needs, early years and post-16 education and all the extra costs such as pensions contributions that his Government is heaping onto schools."

Andrew Morris, National Education Union

The House of Commons Library used pupil numbers from the previous year, so the figures could be subject to change.

Schools considered 'new and growing' by the Department for Education are excluded, as are those for which funding data was not available.

Across England, about 6,700 of 16,500 primary schools get less than the amount proposed, while around 1,100 of 3,100 secondaries stand to benefit.

"The Prime Minister has made clear that we will increase minimum levels of per pupil funding in primary and secondary schools and return education funding to previous levels.

"We will be announcing more details in due course and, until then, any assumptions are purely speculative."

A DfE spokesperson

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These are the primaries which stand to benefit from the Prime Minister's pledge: 

Archbishop Benson CofE Primary School: (£3,500); Mount Hawke Academy: (£3,500); Parc Eglos School: (£3,500); St Columb Minor Academy: (£3,500); St Mewan Community Primary School: (£3,500); Wadebridge Primary Academy: (£3,500); St Hilary School: (£3,520); St Agnes Ace Academy: (£3,542); St Columb Major Academy: (£3,559); Burraton Community Primary School: (£3,573); Newquay Junior Academy: (£3,593); Sir Robert Geffery's Voluntary Aided Church Of England Primary School: (£3,598); King Charles Primary School: (£3,599); St Michael's Church Of England Primary School: (£3,601); St Uny CofE School: (£3,612).

And these are the secondary schools: 

Newquay Tretherras: (£4,800); Penair School: (£4,800); Wadebridge School: (£4,800); The Roseland Academy: (£4,803); Launceston College: (£4,833); Helston Community College: (£4,838); Penrice Academy: (£4,847); Penryn College: (£4,850); Callington Community College: (£4,860); Mullion School: (£4,868); Saltash.Net Community School: (£4,883); Budehaven Community School: (£4,940); Fowey River Academy: (£4,984); St Ives School: (£4,992).

Some schools in nearby local authority areas may appear in the data for Cornwall due to recent boundary changes.

Find all the source data here.

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