Wales’s largest education union has responded to the National Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee Report into School funding in Wales. The Report raises concerns about the amount of money going into the education system in Wales and not enough funding getting to schools. The National Education Union Cymru has raised similar concerns in the past and was happy to contribute to the inquiry which has led to the release of this report.
David Evans, Wales Secretary for the National Education Union Cymru said:
“We welcome the Committee's report into School Funding in Wales, and the time and effort they have put in to look at such an important issue at this critical time. We have been quoted in the report as saying that funding concerns have consequences, not only upon our members in schools, but on pupils and the way in which education is being provided, and whether we can actually deliver the new Curriculum and the expectations of "Our National Mission".
" We agree with the Committee that there needs to be an urgent review of school funding and look forward to working with them on that. These are challenging times for the Welsh Government and, as the Report highlights, their budget has been hugely impacted by Westminster. Wales now has £850 million less to spend, in real terms, on public services in 2019-20 than in 2010-11 which has impacted considerably on education.
"We are currently campaigning on funding in Wales through the School Cuts Cymru Campaign. Details on how schools have been affected by funding can be seen on the SchoolCuts.Cymru website."
The National Education Union is an amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT), formed on 1 September 2017. Please see the below contact details for assistance:
Contact: Stuart Williams, Policy Officer, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ. Tel: 029 20491818. Mob: 07795295355