Bridlington Schools amongst the best funded in East Riding, figures show

The huge disparity in per-pupil funding across the East Riding’s 17 secondary schools has been laid bare in new Government data.

Thursday, 12th March 2020, 8:57 am
New Government data shows huge disparity in per-pupil funding across the East Riding’s 17 secondary schools. Photo: PA Images

Concerns have been raised over the Government’s plans to reform education funding, with researchers fearing that many schools will be no better off under the new framework than they were a decade ago.

Headlands School (£5,814) and Bridlington School (£6,054) were in the top three for funding along with Withernsea High School (£5,532).

At the other end of the scale, South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College was allocated the lowest per-pupil sum of £4,555 – meaning its 1,752 students receive 25% less funding each.

The new experimental figures cover all state-funded maintained schools and academies in England.

Schools funding comprises budgets set by the local authority alongside cash from government grants.

The current system, in which budgets are set according to what has been awarded historically, allows for huge differences in how much funding pupils living in different areas of the country receive.

A national funding formula, first announced by the Government in 2016, will replace more than 150 different formulae with one nationwide system. All local authorities will have to follow the new formula by 2021.

However, the Education Policy Institute think tank says the new approach could direct extra cash towards more affluent schools which “risks widening the education attainment gap”.

Jon Andrews, deputy head of research at the EPI, said: “Schools have seen growing pressures on budgets in recent years. Between 2009-10 and 2019-20, school funding per pupil fell in real terms by around 8%.

“The Government’s plans would reverse these school funding cuts, but that would still mean that per pupil funding in 2022-23 is no higher in real terms than in 2009.”

The DfE spokesman added: “We recognise schools have faced cost pressures in recent years - that is why we are levelling up funding to ensure all schools have the right investment to deliver an outstanding education.”