SOUTH Tyneside schoolchildren are each missing out on hundreds of pounds worth of funding for their education.
According to new statistics, the Department for Education (DfE) is allocating less capital per pupil this year than it did in 2012/13.
The figures, from the DfE, show an almost eight per cent drop in spending per pupil, from £4,889 to £4,508.
Gateshead and County Durham also saw above average reductions in funding, while Newcastle saw a 20 per cent cut, joining Northumberland in the 10 lowest-funded areas in the country.
Mike McDonald, regional secretary for the National Union of Teachers, said: “Such huge drops in funding will inevitably have a damaging effect on the standard of education schools can provide.
“The effect of education cuts on this generation of young people will be felt far into the future.”
The overall schools budget for South Tyneside this year is £94.9m, for a school population of 21,065, compared with £97.7m for 19,984 pupils in 2012/13.
However, the DfE says that due to changes in the way data is collected, comparisons should not be made between the two years.
Academies were not previously included in the figures, but schools that have been converted into academies, of which there are five in South Tyneside, are now taken into account.
Their funding comes direct from the DfE, rather than through the local authority, via the Education Funding Agency.
Spending per pupil in South Tyneside is still higher than the average for England and the North East.
But Tower Hamlets and Kensington and Chelsea, both London, spend £6,935 and £5,784 per head respectively.