Pupil Premium 'stealth cut' – secondaries benefit as primaries hit hard

While primary schools find themselves £92.5m out of pocket thanks to the DfE's Pupil Premium stealth cut, secondary schools have benefited from the move to the tune of £2.6m.

The long-running saga is centred on changes to how the Pupil Premium is calculated, with the government now using the October census rather than the January census to allocate funds.

It means any children becoming eligible for Pupil Premium support between October 2020 and January 2021 will not be getting any funding this financial year despite living in poverty.

Research from the likes of the Local Government Association and the Labour Party had put the cuts at anything from £118m to £133m.

And now – after months spent refusing to confirm the financial impact of the changes – the DfE has admitted that the net result of the change is that 62,216 students have missed out on Pupil Premium funding.

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