Pupil funding is flawed, study claims

    Support in schools for children from ethnic minority groups is
    lacking because of funding shortfalls, according to a new
    study.

    Each ethnic minority pupil is seen as having the same level of
    need under the current system, so funding is insufficient when
    children have problems, says the Association of Teachers and
    Lecturers study.

    The problem particularly affects  asylum-seeker and refugee
    children, who often have complex needs.

    The association is calling for the funding system to be reformed
    to recognise that children may have multiple needs.

    It also argues that the system needs to be more responsive to
    pupils joining schools at different times throughout the school
    year, a common situation for asylum-seeker and refugee
    children.

     

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