Schools must budget for the ‘parent pledge’ next year

The government has told schools that they will need to factor in the new ‘parent pledge’ when planning their budgets for next year. The parent pledge, which was introduced in the recent white paper, requires schools to keep parents informed of when their child falls behind in English or Maths and to let them know of the support they will be given to help them get back on track. Schools have been asked to look at the different funding available, including the pupil premium, prompting further fears of funding aimed at disadvantaged pupils being broadened out to fulfil a wider remit.  This follows the white paper signalling a  potential “watering down” of pupil premium funding after the government indicated that the money can be used to support literacy and numeracy skills “where needed”.