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PARLIAMENT INVESTIGATES PRIMARY SCHOOL UNDER-SPENDING

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The House of Commons education committee has launched an enquiry into the disparity between primary and secondary s...
The House of Commons education committee has launched an enquiry into the disparity between primary and secondary school funding, reports The Times (p4).

Some local education authorities are spending almost twice as much per pupil in secondaries than in primary and nursery schools, according to an analysis of the figures by The Times. Up to £1,000 a year more can be spend on a 12-year-old at secondary school than on a primary pupil aged 11.

The select committee was due today to receive evidence that primary schools are being allocated more cash by local authorities in an attempt to remedy the funding imbalance, says the paper.

The Labour MP for Wallsend, Stephen Byers has submitted that three out of four authorities increased the proportion of spending on nursery and primary pupils compared with secondaries in 1991-2.

But Mr Byers says primary schools remain the poor relations, receiving on average only £1,469 per pupil compared with £2,145 a head to secondaries.

The ten lowest spending local education authorities on primary schools as a percentage of secondary pupils were Suffolk, Wigan, Essex, Kent, Cleveland, Trafford, Salford, Coventry, Bury and Rochdale.

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