I asked in this post recently how you would spend half a million pounds in Cornwall. That’s public money being spent on the roofs of seven churches here.

Now set your sights higher. Suppose you had £4.5 million pounds to spend in Cornwall: how would you use it?

Three years ago a state-supported free school, St Michael’s, was opened in Camborne. Taxpayers gave £0.7 million so that the building of the former Girls Grammar School could be bought and £3.8 million to make it fit for purpose for the new school, a total of £4.5 million.

In this September it is to be merged with – probably too kind a way of expressing the reality – the state secondary school in Camborne which has the grand name of Camborne Science and International Academy. The merger is because St Michael’s is not financially viable as a separate school and is not offering students the educational opportunities it should; Ofsted said in June 2014 that overall it ”requires improvement”. See this account of the story. The Ofsted report June 2014 is here.

I support enterprise and parents seeking the best in schooling for their children; free schools are part of that. However, government has a responsibility to scrutinise enthusiasm before handing over public money.

Therefore let us ask what investigation the Department for education for England did into the likely financial and educational viability of the free school before St Michael’s was approved and given taxpayers money. This impact assessment by the Department suggested that St Michael’s “attraction will be relatively niche” and the data about school places in the area strikes me as mixed. What convinced the Department that the school would attract pupils in numbers for financial viability and succeed? Has it analysed the outcome and what lessons has it learnt? Will any of the £4.5 million be got back? This information should be made public because government should be accountable for its decisions. The Department’s mantra on free schools is that they offer good value for money and will raise educational standards. No doubt some do but it is important to understand when things don’t work out.


12 September 2014

The other day John Pollard, the leader of Cornwall Council, talking about the funding by central government of rural and urban areas in England, said, “We currently receive less than half the money per head of population than that given to Hackney”.

Even if you think there is an urban/rural imbalance in funding and it should be righted, this is an ill-advised comparison. I’ve noted before simplistic Cornwall comparisons: see here for an MK one.

Anyway, let’s take up the challenge and compare Cornwall and Hackney over several fields.

I have chosen from the numerous fields that show how much more widespread deprivation and poverty are in Hackney than in Cornwall, aspects that should figure in the redistribution of central government funds to local authorities. Disadvantage impacts upon local government spending on services like housing, education, social care, and culture. Of course in some fields Hackney does better but the decider factors of government redistribution point to Hackney worse off than Cornwall. And of course in some fields, for example job seeker’s allowance for the unemployed, the funding is separate from that given directly to local councils. I am trying to show how Hackney suffers wide disadvantage.

I give a link to the online sources at the end of each section; note that at the source there may be other tables presenting information in various ways.

Note 4 April 2015: I have put here up-to-date data for the various items as in the post Fair funding for Cornwall of 3 April 2015

Index of multiple deprivation 2010 (next IMD due 2015)
This is a major measure of deprivation across several components such as income and housing. I have taken the rank of scores where 1 indicates the worst overall deprivation of 326 local authorities:

Cornwall 110
Hackney 2 (that is, worse than 324 of the 326 local authorities)


Free school meals
Percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals, January 2014, in state funded nursery and primary schools and secondary school

Cornwall 13.5% in nursery and primary schools, 11.9% in secondary schools
Hackney 30.2% in nursery and primary schools, 33.9% in secondary schools


Child poverty 2014
Cornwall 16.90% of children in poverty (before housing costs), 26.35 percent (after housing costs)
Hackney 27.46% of children in poverty (before housing costs), 41.37 percent (after housing costs)


Deprivation among pupils
The proportion of pupils eligible for the deprivation pupil premium 2014-2015 (provisional figures):
Cornwall primary pupils 22.5%, secondary 24.2%
Hackney primary pupils 48%, secondary 55.6 %


Bedroom tax
How many are adversely affected by the bedroom tax? These are the percentages for 9 May 2014, the latest available, of the tenants with housing benefit who have that housing benefit reduced because of the bedroom tax/spare room subsidy and the average weekly amount lost:

Cornwall 6.1%, £14.03
Hackney 8.1%, £21.07


Job seekers allowance
This is a measure of unemployment; the figures are the percentage of men and women aged 18-65 claiming job seeker’s allowance in July 2014:

Cornwall 1.4%
Hackney 3.6%

Source Put in the local authority name

Why does Hackney get more than Cornwall?
Why does Hackney get more? Hmm, I wonder if it’s anything to do with the scale of derivation and poverty and disadvantage that the data in the first part of this post shows? Cornwall is not a victim, unfairly funded in general; there are administrative areas of England worse off than us and they rightly get more government help. As I have explained ages ago, we can home in on particular places of severe disadvantage in Cornwall and elsewhere in England and should certainly help them.

Per pupil funding 2014-2015
Incidentally, the per pupil funding for 2014-2015 shows that 56 England local authorities get less than Cornwall. While some are notably prosperous places, the lesser funded also include places like Plymouth, Bury, and Nottinghamshire. The details are in Appendix B here. Of course Hackney gets noticeably more per pupil than Cornwall but you can understand that now.

Let’s end on good news for some in Cornwall. The Good pub guide 2015 says the average pint of beer in London costs £3.79. In Cornwall it’s £3.19.

Don’t forget to check the original sources to see the smallprint explanations.

The details of the 2014/15 local government funding by central government (the Settlement Funding Assessment)are here. Appendix B shows that Hackney is the highest per-dwelling funded of all the London authorities; several have lower per-dwelling funding than Cornwall.

On 16 September 2014 the Centre for London publishes London’s hollow promise: how the city fails people on modest incomes and what should be done about it, its report on working households in London on low to modest incomes and the housing difficulties and cost of living they face.


14 April 2014

Oh dear, MK still doesn’t get it.

On the MK website I read in a blogpost called We can do better: “Our children should enjoy the same educational opportunities as children up the country – not make do on half the money spent on pupils in the City of London”.

We certainly can do better.

I discussed this absurd comparison three years ago in this post. Shortly, there is only one state school in the City of London, Sir John Cass, a primary with 247 pupils; there about 39 000 primary pupils in more than two hundred primaries in Cornwall.

There are two clear mistakes in the MK whinge. It compares 247 pupils with 39 000, one school with more than two hundred. The City of London is not streets paved with gold, all banks and hedge funds and bonuses; parts of the City are residential and MK should acknowledge that some of those 7000 residents experience deprivation and it is that and costs which give the per pupil funding higher than Cornwall overall. It is the residents’ children who go to the excellent primary school. The school is in Portsoken ward which last month elected a Labour councillor.

Now I can understand that someone in Cornwall, unfamiliar with east London, might have a distorted view of the City of London from the media that talks only of money; however, the facts are readily available to those who look for them and I set out some of them in my 2011 post. It is shamefully unconvincing for Cornish political nationalism to disregard context, which is at the heart of any viable idea of fairness, and write starkly about “the money spent on pupils in the City of London”.

Let me repeat what I said in that post of 2011: “MK does not explain that the difference in funding is not a question of arbitrarily giving more money to the City of London education authority but rather is intended to reflect differences in costs and needs.”

Yes, MK can do better. If it wishes to be taken seriously, it must.

In Cornwall 17 percent of children are in poverty (mid 2012); in the City, Portsoken ward, in which the Sir John Cass primary school is sited, has 37 percent of children in poverty [Source: endchildpoverty.org.uk]. At Sir John Cass school in 2014/15 32.9 percent of primary pupils were eligible for the deprivation pupil premium; in Cornwall 22.5 percent of primary pupils [Source: illustrative figures here].

See these posts too: Stuffing mushrooms and nationalist tosh 5 April 2013 and Cornwall school funding 14 March 2014.


14 March 2014

The Tory Libdem government has announced that it will review the distribution of school funding by central government and in the meantime proposes to give extra funds for 2015/16 to sixty two schools that it considers underfunded. I put the link at the foot of the post.

There are eight factors which the extra funds would be based on: these include the number of pupils who are deprived, have English as a second language, or are looked after; and how sparsely populated the small rural school area; and labour costs in the school area.

Cornwall is among the underfunded schools. The indicative figures show Cornwall getting an extra £54 per pupil, an increase in per pupil funding of 1.2 percent.

The Cornwall increase suggests to me that the howls of unfairness that have come from Cornish nationalism and elsewhere were exaggerated. In a table of the sixty two authorities getting extra funds Cornwall is at number forty three in terms of percentage increase (where position one is the highest percentage increase). Cornwall is in the bottom third for increases and £54 is not the major righting of a vast wrong.

I commend the shortfalls of other local authorities to Cornish nationalism and self-focus. Look at Cambridge, for example, where the funding is up by £275 per pupil: that is significant. Look at Bromley where it is £461 – and Bromley is in the mollycoddled, overaffluent southeast of nationalist demonology. The poverty of Cornish nationalism is shown in its failure to see that others are in need and in more pressing need across many services and funding in England and elsewhere. It sees internal fairness only in terms of Cornwall. This compass is too small, parochial, narrow; this world is too little. I have repeatedly said it isn’t just Cornwall, it’s never just Cornwall, and in these figures is startling confirmation.

The government says that the extra funds will not be taken from other local authorities; no one is a loser. Hmm. Some of the money comes from the Treasury and some from the Department for education (DFE); the DFE funds are not been publically identified so it is not possible to test the no-loser claim.

For the long term a new allocation formula will certainly throw up losers, schools that get less per pupil than now. However, that will be safely after the general election. It is far from clear that Cornwall will gain much from a new post-election redistribution.

It is disappointing that it is cried up that Cornwall receives, even after the extra funds, less than the England average. The average is largely irrelevant. I think what counts is need. Individual schools vary in the various deprivations of their pupils and their funding should try to reflect those differences wherever they are in England. That is an important role of central government, to resist and rise above parochial claims.

This link is to the 13 March 2014 DFE funding proposals. Annex B lists local authorities and increases in funding to them.

The announcement in the Commons and subsequent geographic fest by MPs are here (Hansard 13 March 2014 column 427).

A recent written parliamentary question to the Department for education asked about the fifty primary and secondary maintained schools in England with the highest and lowest per pupil spending: Hansard 25 April 2013, column 1196W.

The answer mentioned Cornwall. We do not figure in any of the secondary fifties, highest or lowest; nor in the primary lowest fifty. Garras primary school appears as the school with the thirtieth highest per pupil spending in England.

Of course one swallow and all that and circumstances and context and this is a redistribution within the Cornwall budget from central government; but it will be interesting to see how nationalism fits these figures into its one-size unfair funding scenario.

The definition of per pupil spending in the parliamentary answer was: “school level budget shares from local authorities’ section 251 budget returns for 2012-13 and using pupil numbers from the January 2012 annual school census.”

See columns AK and AL in the file Detailed level-schools information 2012-13 here.

Life is too short to stuff a mushroom and it’s too short to discuss all nationalist and other parties’ tosh but let me take a moment with one nonsense.

Once more I think an absurd comparison is suggested between schools in Cornwall and in the City of London.

I refer you back to the blog post MK, schools, and the City of London in which I dealt comprehensively with that comparison when it was made two years ago.

Unconvincing comparisons
There I said that you cannot meaningfully compare such a disparate pair, Cornwall education authority with 280 state schools and the City of London authority with only one, a primary; you cannot convincingly compare the average data of around 65 000 Cornwall state pupils with the data of an individual City of London state school with 200 or so pupils.

I also raised the important Aristotle principle that we should not treat unequals equally, the comparative deprivation data, and the ambiguity of value.

Stripping the nationalist altar still needed

I think MK should recast its arguments as I suggested in the post Stripping the nationalist altar.

In these Notes I put some updated some figures of comparison, along with the sources so that you may explore them yourself.

Child poverty
The Children in poverty organisation gives estimates for children in poverty for 2012: Cornwall 17 percent, in the City of London Portsoken ward 37 percent. However, note that Cornwall has very many more children than the City of London and there is a range across Cornwall from 6 percent in Feock to 36 percent in Falmouth Penwerris: such a range makes it problematic talking about Cornwall as one entity in this context. The City of London primary school is in Portsoken ward and there is a profile of the ward (based on the 2001 census) here.

Numbers of schools and pupils
The source of the data is in the pupil premium files here.

Pupils in state schools at 31 August 2011, full time equivalent: Cornwall 65 258, City of London 209

State schools: Cornwall 280 (236 primary), City of London 1

Pupil premium
There are in education data two approximate measures of deprivation and need in children and families: the pupil premium and free school meals.

The pupil premium data is is in the National, local authority, parliamentary constituencies – final allocations file gives pupil premium data for Cornwall as a whole and the City of London. The individual school data is at the Families tab on the School tables – final allocations file there; the range across schools suggests that the county-as-a-whole data is problematic.

The premium has three components: deprivation, by far the largest; service children; and looked-after children.

The percentage of pupils eligible for the deprivation pupil premium 2012-13: Cornwall 22.3 percent, City of London 31.1. Including the service children and looked after children components of the pupil premium: Cornwall 25.7, City of London 33.5. Note that the City of London has far fewer pupils than Cornwall.

Free school meals
Percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals 2012-13: Cornwall primary 14.1, Cornwall secondary 11.6, City of London primary 17.7
The data is in the file DfE: schools, pupils, and their characteristics, January 2012.

Financial data
The file on expenditure at school level 2009-10 (linked in the earlier post MK, schools, and the City of London) appears to be no longer available on the education department website. I am looking for its new location. Some data about individual schools can be found here in the excel file Table of allocations of dedicated schools grant (DSG) but you have to put in the name of the school.

Life is too short… Shirley CONRAN Superwoman 1975

Cornwall Council is showing imagination and innovation in its approach to helping young people in further and higher education – and with apprenticeships.

At the beginning of this year it introduced a bursary scheme to help Cornwall students in further education, Cornwall EMA (Education and Cornwall 27 January 2012) . Now it is proposing to give grants towards living and studying at university to Cornwall: see here (New deal for young people in Cornwall 5 July 2012). It is also looking to create two hundred apprenticeships.

The Tory-led council is to be thoroughly congratulated on its efforts to help the young people of Cornwall engage with their ambitions and futures – efforts which will help mitigate the EMA and tuition fees policies of the Tory Libdem government.


27 January 2012

Three pieces on education in Cornwall.

Individual school funding
First, the 2010/11 funding of individual schools in England has been published by the Guardian here. (I cannot see this yet on the DfE website; on the Guardian site click on Get the data then School spending). I looked at the 2009/10 figures for schools in Cornwall in this post; they showed a vast range across schools as do the latest figures. I explored this topic fully in that post. I hope that Cornish nationalists do not repeat the nonsense of last year about these figures.

Deprived pupils
Second, the education department has published the GCSE results for secondary schools in England. They are here for each school (click on the school name) though not on a comparison spreadsheet for all schools. The tables also show how well and poorly pupils from deprived homes do. There is a press release summarising the dismal findings for too many deprived pupils.

Cornwall EMA
Thirdly, good news from Cornwall Council. A year ago Cornwall MPs voted in support of their Tory Libdem government’s abolition of the educational maintenance allowance (EMA) in England which in December 2010 was helping 7294 young students in Cornwall. This England EMA has been replaced by a bursary scheme for much reduced numbers of students. Students in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland can still get the EMA as it has not been abolished there.

The Tory Independent majority on Cornwall Council wishes to introduce what in effect is a local Cornwall EMA, a supplementary scheme to the England bursary scheme. The details are here. The council’s funding realities mean that it isn’t intended to replace the England EMA, nor to help seven thousand students in Cornwall as the EMA did; its scope is much narrower, the numbers to be helped smaller, and its financing after 2013/14 is unsure. It is called the Cornwall bursary scheme.

Nevertheless, I think it is welcome news that the unitary council is introducing a local supplementary provision. All in all, a very commendable and progressive policy from the Tory Independent council, trying to mitigate the reactionary abolition rather than improvement of the England EMA by the Tory Libdem government.

However, it suggests, does it not, that the Tories in Cornwall have little faith in the adequacy of the replacement England bursary scheme of their own government. They are right about that. At least the local Tories recognise by their actions the failure and inappropriateness of the Tory Libdem abolition of the England EMA and the need to redress that as far as they responsibly can with the funds available to them.

On one point the Libdems and others are right. Around five hundred students resident in east Cornwall but doing a Devonwall and crossing the river Tamar for their college studies are excluded from the scheme. I understand the administrative difficulty but the exclusion is unacceptable and they should be included.

Let me say it plain on the Cornwall bursary. The Tories here have got it right. The Libdems here have got it right. I’m going to lie down now.


14 October 2011

UPDATE 29 March 2015
The pupil premium for local authorities and individual schools for 2014/15 is here.

The Tory Libdem government has published the pupil premium for 2011/12 for each school in England: see here.

This is good news for pupils and schools – assuming it will be used for the direct benefit of the ‘premium’ pupils and will help their attainment – and I welcome it. I want it to make a positive difference; however, it represents only £623 million across England schools, a fraction of what has been claimed to be necessary to make a significant difference; the amount is set to rise in succeeding years. Although Liberal Democrats will claim the premium is due to their influence, all three main parties at the general election advocated such support for disadvantaged pupils (see below).

I am not clear whether the premium will take funds from other education programs or is additional, new education money. The Libdem 2010 election manifesto spoke of “new money to fund the pupil premium”.

I pointed out last year in this post that “A recent study by the Institute for fiscal studies (IFS), A disadvantaged pupil premium, indicates that there is a weak link between perpupil spending and attainment and that perhaps eight times more than the £3000 per pupil previously proposed by the Libdems is needed to make a difference.” The present amount is not £3000 but less than £500 a pupil.

Why does an effectively funded premium matter? The post Poverty and school achievement in Cornwall looks at the compelling evidence of a relationship between material deprivation and school attainment.

Cornwall data
For the schools in Cornwall the premium totals £4.741 million and 10 690 pupils, about 16.4 percent of pupils on roll, are eligible for it. These are figures for all three categories of premium (see the next paragraph).

Eligibility for the premium is based on three categories: 1 free school meals, used as a measure of deprivation, 2 child of an armed forces family, and 3 looked after children. The premium for children in 2 is smaller than in 1 and 3.

In Cornwall about 82 percent of eligible children fall into category 1 and account for about 90 percent of the total premium funds for the county. (The difference in percentages is down to group 2 having a smaller premium.)

Individual schools
I think the individual school data is more meaningful than the countywide data and the data for each school is also available on the above website but to access it you need the school number. Note which category pupil premium is listed. For convenience I have put a list of the school numbers at the foot of this post so that the figures for each school can be found readily; academies are starred. As expected, the eligibility varies vastly across the schools in Cornwall. For example among primary schools, 29.6 percent of pupils at Roskear are eligible for the deprivation pupil premium, 5.5 percent percent at St Hilary: Cornwall is not a uniform place but many different places.

Comparison of Cornwall with the City of London
As some nationalists believe it relevant to compare educational data between Cornwall and the sole state school in the City of London – I don’t – perhaps I might mention that 23.9 percent of pupils in the latter authority are eligible for the premium compared with 16.4 percent in Cornwall. These are figures for all three premiums: the figures for the deprivation pupil premium show a sharper difference (22.5 per cent City, 13.4 per cent Cornwall).

Did only Libdems promise a pupil premium?
No. Look at what the Conservatives and Labour said.

Conservative party election manifesto 2010 “We will introduce a pupil premium – extra funding for children from disadvantaged backgrounds”

Labour party election manifesto 2010 “We will introduce a local pupil premium to guarantee that extra funding to take account of deprivation follows the pupil”

Cornwall schools reference numbers
9082600 Altarnun Community Primary School
9082029 Alverton Community Primary School
9083871 Antony Church of England School
9083549 Archbishop Benson C of E Primary School *
9082524 Berrycoombe School
9082745 Biscovey Junior School
9083392 Bishop Bronescombe C of E Voluntary Aided School
9083888 Bishop Cornish C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School
9082311 Blackwater Community Primary School
9082500 Blisland Community Primary School
9084154 Bodmin College *
9082229 Bodriggy Academy (primary) *
9082606 Boscastle Community Primary School
9082126 Boskenwyn Community Primary School
9082321 Bosvigo School
9082602 Boyton Community Primary School
9083873 Braddock C of E Primary School
9084155 Brannel School
9083381 Breage Church of England School
9082754 Brunel Primary and Nursery School *
9082635 Bude Junior School
9084150 Budehaven Community School
9082413 Bugle School
9082730 Burraton Community Primary School
9084151 Callington Community College *
9082700 Callington Primary School
9082701 Calstock Community Primary School
9084158 Camborne Science and Community College *
9082603 Camelford Community Primary School
9084169 Cape Cornwall School
9082726 Carbeile Junior School
9082503 Cardinham School
9082300 Chacewater Community Primary School
9082449 Charlestown Primary School *
9082615 Coads Green Primary School
9082228 Connor Downs Primary School
9082132 Constantine Primary School
9082121 Coverack Community Primary School
9082103 Crowan Primary School
9082400 Cubert School
9087004 Curnow School
9083383 Cury C of E Primary School
9082226 Cusgarne Community Primary School
9082716 Darite Primary School
9082622 Delabole Community Primary School
9082731 Delaware Community Primary School
9082318 Devoran School
9082710 Dobwalls Community Primary School
9087003 Doubletrees School
9083875 Duloe C of E Voluntary Aided Junior and Infant School
9082605 Egloskerry School
9083893 Falmouth Primary School
9084152 Falmouth School (secondary) *
9083033 Flushing School
9082713 Fourlanesend Community Primary School
9084145 Fowey Community College
9082401 Fowey Primary School
9082439 Foxhole Primary School
9082114 Garras Community Primary School
9082109 Germoe Community Primary School
9082301 Gerrans School
9082100 Godolphin Primary School
9082307 Goonhavern Primary School
9082403 Gorran School
9083034 Grade-Ruan C of E School
9083542 Grampound Road Village C of E School
9083621 Grampound-with-Creed C of E School
9082005 Gulval Community Primary School
9082703 Gunnislake Primary School
9082227 Gwinear Community Primary School
9082128 Halwin School
9082704 Harrowbarrow School (primary) *
9084171 Hayle Community School
9082006 Heamoor Community Primary School
9084146 Helston Community College
9084173 Humphry Davy School
9082240 Illogan School
9082432 Indian Queens Community Primary School and Nursery
9082630 Jacobstow Community Primary School
9082302 Kea Community Primary School
9082208 Kehelland Village School
9082119 Kennall Vale School
9082608 Kilkhampton Junior and Infant School
9083218 King Charles Primary School
9083543 Ladock C of E School
9082112 Landewednack Community Primary School
9082706 Landulph School
9082506 Lanivet Community Primary School
9082508 Lanlivery Community Primary School
9082209 Lanner Primary School
9084009 Launceston College
9082610 Launceston Community Primary School
9082104 Leedstown Community Primary School
9083878 Lerryn C of E Primary School
9082612 Lewannick Community Primary School
9083896 Liskeard Hillfort Primary School
9084167 Liskeard School and Community College
9084168 Looe Community School
9082712 Looe Primary School
9082509 Lostwithiel School
9082032 Ludgvan Community Primary School *
9082510 Luxulyan School
9082238 Mabe Community Primary School
9082113 Manaccan Primary School
9082004 Marazion School
9083183 Marhamchurch C of E VC Primary School
9082741 Marlborough School
9082405 Mawgan-in-Pydar Community Primary School
9083385 Mawnan C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School
9082736 Menheniot Primary School
9082420 Mevagissey Community Primary School
9083879 Millbrook C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School
9082312 Mithian School
9082453 Mount Charles School
9082313 Mount Hawke Academy Primary School *
9084172 Mounts Bay Academy (secondary) *
9082008 Mousehole Community Primary School
9082115 Mullion Community Primary School
9084164 Mullion School
9082116 Mylor Community Primary School
9087005 Nancealverne School
9082028 Nancledra School
9082441 Nanpean Community Primary School
9082134 Nansloe Community Primary School
9082507 Nanstallon Community Primary School
9082751 Newlyn School
9082406 Newquay Junior Academy *
9084165 Newquay Tretherras School (secondary) *
9082628 North Petherwin Primary School
9082617 Otterham Community Primary School
9082511 Padstow School (primary) *
9082133 Parc Eglos School
9082737 Pelynt School
9084166 Penair School: A Science College *
9087002 Pencalenick School (special) *
9082758 Pencoys Primary School
9082023 Pendeen School
9082757 Pennoweth Primary School
9082230 Penpol School
9082213 Penponds School
9084156 Penrice Community College *
9084149 Penryn College *
9082117 Penryn Junior School
9083894 Pensans Primary School
9082718 Pensilva Primary School
9082306 Perran-Ar-Worthal Community Primary School
9082325 Perranporth Community Primary School
9082707 Polperro Community Primary School
9082404 Polruan Community Primary School
9084157 Poltair School
9082748 Pondhu Primary School
9084163 Pool Academy (secondary) *
9082504 Port Isaac Community Primary School
9082749 Porthleven School
9082215 Portreath Community Primary School
9082310 Probus Community Primary School
9083881 Quethiock C of E Voluntary Aided School
9084159 Redruth School: A Technology College
9084160 Richard Lander School
9082521 Robartes Junior School
9082410 Roche Community Primary School
9082241 Rosemellin Community Primary School
9082239 Roskear School
9084143 Saltash community school (secondary) *
9082448 Sandy Hill Academy (primary) *
9082027 Sennen School
9082305 Shortlanesend Community Primary School
9084141 Sir James Smith’s Community School
9083876 Sir Robert Geffery’s Voluntary Aided C of E Primary School *
9082124 Sithney Community Primary School
9082633 South Petherwin Community Primary School
9082314 St Agnes School
9082756 St Breock Primary School *
9082619 St Breward Community Primary School
9085201 St Buryan Primary School *
9083797 St Catherine’s C of E Primary School
9082715 St Cleer Primary School
9082431 St Columb Major Academy (primary) *
9082454 St Columb Minor Academy (primary) *
9082219 St Day and Carharrack Community School
9082752 St Dennis Community Primary School
9083882 St Dominic C of E Volutary Aided School
9082317 St Erme with Trispen Community Primary School
9082231 St Erth Community Primary School
9083891 St Francis C of E Primary School
9082746 St Germans Primary School
9082017 St Hilary School (primary) *
9083715 St Issey Church of England Primary School
9082030 St Ives Infant School *
9082018 St Ives Junior School
9084170 St Ives School, A Technology College
9083463 St John’s Catholic Primary School, Camborne
9082020 St Just Primary School
9082120 St Keverne Community Primary School
9082514 St Kew Community Primary School
9082025 St Levan Community Primary School
9083716 St Mabyn C of E School
9083300 St Maddern’s C of E School, Madron
9083184 St Mark’s C of E Primary School, Morwenstow
9082123 St Martin-in-Meneage Community Primary School
9083887 St Martin’s C of E Voluntary Aided School
9083718 St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Bodmin
9083388 St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Falmouth
9083306 St Mary’s Catholic School, Penzance
9083302 St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Penzance
9083091 St Mary’s C of E School, Truro
9082319 St Mawes Community Primary School
9083884 St Mellion C of E Voluntary Aided School
9083461 St Meriadoc C of E Junior School
9082515 St Merryn School (primary)
9082437 St Mewan Community Primary School *
9083217 St Michael’s Voluntary Controlled C of E Primary School
9082516 St Minver School
9082719 St Neot Community Primary School
9082750 St Newlyn East Primary School
9083886 St Nicolas’ C of E Voluntary Aided School, Downderry
9083892 St Petroc’s C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School
9082438 St Stephen Churchtown Community Primary School
9082723 St Stephens (Saltash) Community Primary School
9082632 St Stephens Community Primary School
9082621 St Teath Community Primary School
9083717 St Tudy C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School
9083301 St Uny C of E School, Carbis Bay
9082444 St Wenn School
9083714 St Winnow C of E School
9082232 Stithians Community Primary School
9082724 Stoke Climsland School
9082747 Stratton Primary School
9082452 Summercourt Community Primary School
9083625 The Bishops C of E Primary School
9084162 The Roseland Community College *
9082326 Threemilestone School
9082623 Tintagel Primary School
9084144 Torpoint Community College
9082125 Trannack Community Primary School
9082634 Tregadillett Community Primary School
9082333 Tregolls School
9082320 Tregony Community Primary School
9082613 Trekenner Community Primary School
9082221 Treleigh Community Primary School
9082234 Treloweth Community Primary School
9082409 Trenance Infant School *
9083885 Trenode C of E School
9082427 Treverbyn Academy (primary) *
9084135 Treviglas Community College
9082522 Trevisker Community Primary School
9082743 Trevithick Learning Academy (primary) *
9082711 Trewidland Community Primary School
9082223 Trewirgie Infant School *
9082222 Trewirgie Junior School *
9082334 Treyew Primary School
9082224 Troon Community Primary School
9082003 Trythall Community Primary School
9082429 Tywardreath School
9082708 Upton Cross Primary School
9083547 Veryan C of E School
9082742 Wadebridge Community Primary School*
9084153 Wadebridge School
9082625 Warbstow Community Primary School
9082233 Weeth Community Primary School
9083390 Wendron C of E Primary School
9082629 Werrington School
9082443 Whitemoor Community Primary School
9082627 Whitstone Community Primary School


12 October 2011

The proposed budget for Cornwall Council for 2012/13 to 2015/16 indicates spending of £700 000 in 2012/13 and again in 2013/14 on a Cornwall replacement of the England education maintenance allowance (EMA). A longer term funding scheme is being sought by the council too. I very much welcome Cornwall Council’s endeavours on this.

However there are two concerns.

The first is that the Cornwall EMA will be funded according to the budget from “one off convergence monies” (paragraph 127 of the proposed budget 2012/13 to 2015/16). Graham Smith wonders on his blog whether this may be against EU rules. We shall see.

The second is the scope of the Cornwall EMA.

In August 2011 there were 7647 recipients of EMA in Cornwall: see here.
£700 000 distributed equally would give each of them a derisory amount so presumably the intention is to give the Cornwall EMA to a much reduced number. In England some students 16-19* will get a bursary of £1200 a year as a replacement of EMA so the council presumably will not be giving them the Cornwall EMA. The money will go to those students from households with the lowest incomes but who are not in receipt of the bursary. I think we are looking at numbers which make the scheme hardly a replacement for the England EMA. Nevertheless, the council is trying to help within the funds it has.

The Council is also exploring the possibility of helping university students from Cornwall but this depends on identifying funding of £3 million a year.

All in all, a very commendable and progressive policy from the council, trying to mitigate a disastrous and reactionary policy from the Tory Libdem government of the UK.

Students in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland can still get the EMA as it has not been abolished there. The abolition of the EMA applies to England only. As far as I can see the council does not make this clear.

* Students who qualify for the bursary include those who are in care, or are care leavers, or are receiving income support, and some who are disabled. See here.