SCHOOLS are still 'penny-pinching' to cover basics despite billions of pounds of promised funding.

That is the claim from school governor and former teacher Layla Moran, who has said the Government's pledge of more money is nothing more than a pre-election 'publicity stunt.'

The Oxford West and Abingdon MP said teachers should be allowed to 'get on with their jobs, rather than have to penny-pinch to buy the basics.'

Analysis by the School Cuts coalition of unions found that 80 per cent of schools in her constituency will face a funding shortfall in 2020/21.

The School Cuts website calculates funding based on 'real-term' factors, taking into account factors such as inflation.

Ms Moran, a governor at Botley School, said: "This analysis shows that this Government’s promise of more money was more an election publicity stunt than the real help schools need.

"Children, parents, teachers and others have been let down.

"This lack of funding is partnered with a deeply unfair distribution of money - schools with the most deprived intakes are facing shortfalls hundreds of pounds higher than those with the least deprived intakes."

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This month, the Government released a full breakdown showing every state school and how their funding is expected to change in 2020-21, compared to 2019-2020.

It accounts for how the schools' pupil numbers changed between 2018 and 2019.

About 60 Oxfordshire schools are shown as having a percentage decrease compared to baseline funding, despite a rise in per-pupil funding, all due to falling numbers on roll.

Rural schools were the worst-affected, with some in Oxfordshire seeing a percentage decrease of 16 per cent as their numbers plummeted.

However, at least two schools contacted for comment by the Oxford Mail said the Department for Education had tabled the wrong pupil numbers in the official spreadsheet.

Cash is allocated using the National Funding Formula, which takes into account factors such as a school's population and demographics, as well as historic funding levels.

In August, the Prime Minister announced that the budget for schools and children with high needs would rise by more than £14 billion over three years, rising to £52.2 billion by 2022-23.

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When the figures were announced, Boris Johnson said extra funding would help schools to provide 'world-class' education.

He said: "I believe that talent and genius is evenly distributed, but so often opportunity is not, and my job is to change this.

"We’re already delivering on this promise with schools receiving more than £14 billion additional funding over the next three years, meaning every pupil in every school will get more money, and funding across the country will be levelled up."

Every secondary school will be able to receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year, and every primary school will be able to receive a minimum of £4,000 from 2021-22. The Government says the biggest increases will go to the schools that need it most.

Fair Funding for All Schools Oxfordshire, a parent-led campaign group calling for more funding, said in a Facebook post this month: "Government headlines look good, but in reality it is not an increase for many.

"Plus inflation, additional costs with pay rises will absorb most of this."