School funding: DfE reveals how £2bn injection will be allocated

The Department for Education has published details of how the extra £2bn announced in the Autumn Statement is to be allocated to schools.

The news comes on the same day as research is published showing that a record number of schools are diverting Pupil Premium money to plug budget gaps.

Polling released by the Sutton Trust also shows that headteachers are cutting back on teaching assistants, school trips, sports, extra-curricular activities, and IT equipment to make ends meet.

The DfE announcement, meanwhile, says that from May 10 onwards, a typical primary school of 200 pupils can expect to receive approximately £35,000 and a typical secondary school of 900 students will get around £200,000.

Responding to the news, school leadership unions say the additional money is not enough amid a cost-of-living crisis and on-going problems with teacher recruitment.

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