MPs, Local Authorities, Governors, Councillors, parents, teachers and school staff have all lobbied Government pointing out the perilous state of their finances and the impact this is having on the education of our children and young people. Yet still nothing happens. 

“The new updated School Cuts website, using actual Government figures, shows that £2.8bn has been cut from school budgets since 2015 and 91% of schools continue to face billions in budget cuts leaving them with less money than ever before. 

“Head teachers need money not for ‘little extras’ but for absolute basics. Lack of funds has resulted in increased class sizes, reduced staff, and subjects dropped from the curriculum. Teachers and headteachers are paying out for books, pens, and glue sticks, and even cleaning the school buildings themselves. It is absolutely disgraceful that schools are having to scrabble around to make ends meet in this way.

“The Prime Minister would do well to remember the impact that concerns about school funding had on voters in the last election. With nothing of any significance changed, voters in local and general elections will not have forgotten the neglectful and cavalier attitude this Government has taken towards school funding.”

ENDS

2019-035-NEU

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