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SCHOOLS BID FOR CASH IN GOVERNMENT FUNDING 'LOTTERY'

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The Times Education Supplement reports (p1) schools in some parts of the country have lost more than£270 per pupil...
The Times Education Supplement reports (p1) schools in some parts of the country have lost more than£270 per pupil because of the new bidding system for funding.

Local authorities have had to compete against each other for a share of almost£1bn put into education to raise standards and repair schools since the election, the paper says.

The TES analysis is based on department for education and employment statistics for cash allocations on capital, class size, literacy, action zones and the national grid since the election.

Top of the table in pounds gained per pupil is Newcastle where the authority has won the equivalent of an extra£309 for each of its 41,099 pupils. Bottom is Doncaster which gained just£34.60 for each of its 52,000 pupils.

Newcastle City Council said its education department was primed for bidding. A spokeswoman said: 'It is worth investing time to get the extra funding that is there. If you don't bid you don't get it'.

Authorities have had to bid for cash to cut classes to 30 for every five, six or seven year old, to get rid of outside toilets and even for schools repairs.

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