Children: Disadvantaged

Department for Education written question – answered on 20th May 2020.

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Photo of Lord Watson of Invergowrie Lord Watson of Invergowrie Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide increased financial assistance to school children from disadvantaged families in England when schools reopen.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Schools will continue to receive their budgets for the coming year as usual, regardless of any periods of partial or complete closure. That will ensure that they are able to continue to pay their staff and meet other regular financial commitments. We will also continue to pay the pupil premium, worth around £2.4 billion per annum, to schools so that they have extra funding to provide support to their disadvantaged pupils – with per pupil rates for the current financial year being the highest ever.

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