Headteachers urge Government to refund pupil premium funding

Headteachers urge Government to refund pupil premium funding  

Schools are urging the Government to provide additional cash to bridge the shortfall in pupil premium funding after a change in the way eligibility is calculated.

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that schools will receive the premium for April based on the number of pupils who were eligible back in October 2020, rather than in January.

Headteachers are concerned that this will lead to a significant underpayment, as the number of furloughed and out of work parents has risen since October.

They argue that unless the DfE adjusts its calculations, the money needed to help disadvantaged pupils will have to be found from elsewhere in already stretched school budgets.

The pupil premium funding means that primary schools receive £1,345 additional funding per child, while secondary schools receive an extra £955 per pupil.

A number of headteachers have urged the DfE to relook at the figures, particularly at a time when budgets are already tight.

There have been calls for the Government to refund schools based on the January census, with headteachers arguing that the late change meant they were unable to plan for the loss.

Campaigner, Andy Jolley has claimed that the change in the way the pupil premium is calculated could result in a total shortfall of around £250million.  Contact us for assistance.

 

Headteachers urge Government to refund pupil premium funding