Schools in Hackney face cuts of almost £26 million by 2019 and a local campaign for fairer funding is gathering momentum.
Banners protesting the proposals have begun to appear outside Stoke Newington’s schools, campaigners are leafleting locally and action is being coordinated via a Facebook group. Parents can check how much individual schools will lose via www.schoolcuts.org.uk.
According to the Fair Funding for all Schools in Hackney campaign, the cuts planned by the Conservatives equate to £914 less per pupil or 692 fewer local teachers. Primary schools in the area are expected to lose in the region of £300,000 each.
Jenna Fansa, of local family website StokeyParents, said: “We are blessed with brilliant schools in Stoke Newington and teachers locally are already doing a phenomenal job with limited resources. These cuts are a devastating blow. They’ll inevitably lead to redundancies, less subject choice, bigger class sizes and less extracurricular activities.”
The campaign group in Hackney is looking for volunteers to represent each local school to meet with head teachers and help build public awareness through petitions, banners and leafleting.
More than 500 head teachers wrote to Theresa May last week, accusing her of pushing the education system to breaking point. The National Audit Office has warned the cuts could put students’ educational outcomes at risk.
Inner-city schools are among the worst affected, as the plans will redistribute money from city schools to rural areas.
The cuts equate to eight per cent in real terms by 2019-20. Although the Government said school budgets will be ringfenced, schools face additional costs such as higher national insurance and pension https://www.facebook.com/FairFundingForAllSchoolsHackney/contributions, pay rises, the introduction of the ‘national living wage’ and the apprenticeship levy, which haven’t been provided for.
To join the local campaign or find out more visit https://www.facebook.com/FairFundingForAllSchoolsHackney/
cuts planned by the Conservatives equate to £914 less per pupil or 692 fewer local teachers.
Posted 15th May 2017
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