school head teacher calls for fairer government funding
teacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School has this week joined
a campaign with other secondary Heads to demand fairer Government
funding for Somersets schools.
Hurr, right, is urging action after fears that students
are suffering due to 'postcode discrimination' as the county is
among the worst funded in the country.
latest figures - released this week - show Somerset students get
under half the £12,159 that is allocated to children in
the City of London area.
only 13 of the 150 local education authorities get less than Somerset.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "These are appalling statistics
and it is a somewhat scandalous way to organise funding."
students should not be losing out just because of where they live.
The Department of Education has to act on this."
head teachers across the county are supporting the campaign and
want the Government to establish a fairer national funding formula.
say the DfE system leads to disadvantaged students in Somerset
being funded well below the level of affluent students in better
also want all school funding to be distributed through a single
stream, with no specific grants and incorporating the pupil premium,
while the DSG should depend "on the basis of local need."