Kate Green – 2021 Comments on Pupil Premium Funding

The comments made by Kate Green, the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, on 29 April 2021.

The Conservatives have weakened the foundations of our school system through a decade of real-terms cuts which are forcing head teachers to use this funding – designed to support children on free school meals – to plug holes in school budgets.

The Government’s ‘stealth cut’ to pupil premium will further undermine school finances and the planned delivery of early interventions, small group tutoring and hiring additional staff to support those pupils most likely to have struggled to learn at home.

Labour wants to see children at the heart of an ambitious national recovery but the Conservatives are failing to deliver for our children and putting their recovery from this pandemic at risk.