Revealed: how wealthy parents widen cash gap between state schools

Huge sums are raised by PTAs in affluent areas but headteachers in less well-off districts still struggle for funds

Elite state schools in England are collecting millions of pounds in donations from parents while schools with poorer pupils struggle to raise any funds at all, a far-reaching Observer investigation shows.

England’s 30 most successful parent-teacher associations (PTAs) raised £3.6m for their schools, the study found, while schools with the highest proportion of pupils from low-income families usually do not have a PTA, and those that do raise very little money from parents.

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