TORY-LIBDEMS CANE POORER PUPILS

17 September 2010

The Department for education has carried out a mandatory equality impact assessment on the Tory Libdem scrapping of Labour’s Building schools for the future (BSF) program. The report, BSF stoppage, is here; the schools affected by the abandonment of the BSF program are called ‘stopped’.

The BSF program was for mainstream secondary and special schools in England and did not include mainstream primary schools.

The assessment found that the abandonment of the BSF program disproportionately affected poorer and ethnic-minority pupils. The ‘stopped’ mainstream secondary and special schools had higher proportions of pupils eligible for free school meals, of pupils with English as an additional language, and of minority-ethnic pupils than the mean average for all such schools in England: see table 3 in the assessment report.

In each of the five ‘stopped’ secondary schools in Cornwall there is a higher proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals than is the average for Cornwall mainstream secondaries. Only two Cornwall secondary schools have a higher such proportion than the five ‘stopped’ secondary schools. The Cornwall information is for January 2009 and is found at House of Commons Library deposited papers DEP 2010-0089, 11 January 2010.
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