“For a Conservative Government, the formula is remarkably progressive because it rightly gives greater weight to deprived pupils, those with low prior attainment and English as an additional language.
“The f40 is wrong to object to this emphasis on giving more support to deprived children because the unpalatable fact is that pupils’ educational achievements are dictated by their circumstances. Over the last five years pupils from low income homes have disproportionately left school without five good GCSEs.
“We have no problem with the funding formula’s weighting for deprivation because poor pupils need significantly more support to achieve their potential.
“But, so inadequate is the overall funding that even paltry rises in teachers’ pay, together with increased national insurance and pensions contributions, are proving to be the last straw for school budgets. And that is without the cost to schools of implementing Government education policy changes.
“Yet, at the same time, the Government is allowing the Education Funding Agency to buy land and buildings at hugely inflated prices to build free schools – and often in areas where extra places aren’t needed.
“I urge parents, school leaders, governors and unions not to waste time aiming at the wrong target, but concentrate our efforts on fighting/campaigning for more money for our schools.”