Schools Funding Crisis and Petition

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As a school, we feel that it is our duty to provide parents with a fair and accurate picture of the real state of school funding in our area. All state schools in England are funded by a central government grant that is administered by the Department for Education. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), school funding per pupil has fallen 8% in real terms since 2010.

On average, school funding in the North East of England will be cut by the following by the year 2019/20 compared to 2015/16:

    • £30,904 less per primary school
    • £189,776 less per secondary school

(Source: www.schoolcuts.org.uk)
The government’s latest statistical information on school funding by parliamentary constituency can be found using the following website address:

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/social-policy/education/schools/constituency-data-schools-funding/.

As funding has become tighter, schools have had to cut back on:
  • Teaching and non-teaching staff
  • Support for more vulnerable pupils
  • Small group work for children who are not thriving in school
  • Teaching resources (parents being asked to pay for books and materials)
  • Subject choices in secondary schools
  • The range of activities for primary pupils
  • Extra-curricula activities provided free or subsidised
  • Repairs to buildings
  • Renewal of equipment

From March 2018 there has been a very small increase in funding for schools. However, this increase has not closed the gap between the funding our school receives and the funding our school needs to provide the number of teachers and resources required to deliver the education all our children deserve.

For more information, please see our Parent/Carer Letter

If you think government should fund schools sufficiently and fairly, please show your support by adding your name to the petition ‘Increase Funding for Schools’, as well as encouraging family and friends to do so, via the link below:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/232220
You will be asked to add some minimal information (name, email address, postcode) and then you will be required to confirm your email address by responding to the automated response sent to you.

Thank you for taking the time to read the letter and please support your children’s future by signing the petition.