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Report exposes inadequacy of government's £250 per-pupil recovery funding

Covid recovery: America is spending £1,600 per-pupil. The Netherlands is spending £2,500 per-pupil. England is spending £250 per-pupil. Pete Henshaw reports on the increasing pressure facing the UK government over recovery funding…


Pressure is building on education ministers to commit to a long-term funding package of as much as £15bn for schools to support Covid recovery efforts.

The figure has been put forward in a new analysis from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) and has been welcomed by education unions and poverty experts.

The EPI says that between £10bn and £15bn spread across three years will be needed to properly fund the government’s “catch-up” commitments, taking into account both academic and wellbeing recovery.

So far, the government has announced recovery support plans totalling just £1.7bn for education in England – amounting to £250 per-pupil. And this notwithstanding the fact that not all of this money is going directly to schools, including as it does the National Tutoring Programme funding, which is being given to a select few tutoring companies.

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