The comments made by Peter Kyle, the Shadow Schools Minister, on 17 June 2021.
This data confirms warnings from Labour, school leaders and teachers that the government are wilfully cutting support for those children who are most likely to have struggled with learning during the pandemic.
The Pupil Premium stealth cut will see schools losing out on an estimated £119 million in funding which should be providing extra support to over 103,000 children, helping them achieve at school.
Stripping away funding to support the kids who need it most is unacceptable – doing so during a pandemic is a disgrace. Unlike the Tories, Labour will do everything it takes to make this country the best place in the world to grow up in. Labour’s recovery plan commits to reversing this cut and delivering the opportunities every child needs to bounce back from the pandemic.