Winners and losers in the 20-21 funding allocationsDate: 11.10.2019
The school system in London achieves extremely good results compared to the rest of England, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds do particularly well.
As we noted in our recent study of school efficiency data, the (then planned) re-distribution of school funds would tend to favour less efficient schools and disfavour those in London in particular. London schools being among the most efficient in the country – as defined by the DfE itself (effectively, progress made/£ spent).
Comparing the average efficiencies of schools and academies in different LAs, the most efficient (raw score efficiency >120, where median is 100) are:
Kingston upon Thames
Richmond upon Thames
A quick look at the average increases in per pupil funding per school, announced today, shows that this is exactly what has happened:
- At primary phase, 18/30 of lowest increases per LA are in London (from 149 LAs in England). The average increase for London schools is 3.1%; for those outside, 5.7%.
- At secondary, it’s 14/30 with lowest increases and the average increase for London schools is 3.3%; for those outside, 4.0%.
Recent research from the Education Development Trust suggests that key factors that support this momentum for continuous improvement of London school included:
- strong capacity in terms of teacher optimism and sense of collective efficacy
- a good professional learning infrastructure
- a mature mix of school-to-school competition and collaboration.
Levels of social deprivation in these LAs are among the highest in the UK, yet school funding is effectively being directed away.
The National Education Union analysis of these figures found that real-terms cuts to schools serving the poorest pupils would be more than three times as deep as those in schools in the wealthiest areas.
Meanwhile, Sunday Times analysis of how regions will benefit from the new minimum funding thresholds reveals that more than 90% of schools receiving a boost of more than £100 a year per pupil are in Conservative seats in areas such as Essex, the southwest, Kent and the shires.