More ‘surprise’ cuts to schools

The Department for Education has cancelled the April payment of the School Standards fund weeks after London boroughs have already signed off their budgets for 2011/12. This money cuts from our schools is likely to have already been spent.

The School Standards Fund provides core funding to London schools to help pay for things such as school dinners and one-to-one tuition.

The cut means that school funding per pupil is not being maintained at ‘flat cash’ as the Government promised in the Spending Review. Because some of the funding is targeted towards deprived pupils the cut is likely to have a greater impact on more deprived local authorities like Brent.

The Department for Education has suggested local authorities deal with the issue by funding it from school funding allocations in future years.

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