Wigan MP Lisa Nandy Demands Rethink on Funding for Schools

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy Demands Rethink on Funding for Schools

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has warned that schools in Wigan face significant funding cuts, even under a new funding formula, unless the Government increases school funding overall.

This is because the Government’s policy of real terms cuts in school funding will sweep away any funding gains from a new funding formula. Figures released by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) show that overall school funding in Wigan is projected to be slashed by £18,940,482 between now and 2020. This equates to a £444 cut per pupil or a 10% average cut per school in Wigan.

Lisa Nandy MP is calling on the Chancellor to commit to additional financial resources to schools when he delivers his Autumn Statement to Parliament on 23rd November, saying:

“Across the country, we are already seeing increased class sizes, subjects being dropped from the curriculum, pupils with special educational needs and disabilities losing vital support and teacher and school staff vacancies being left unfilled. Without additional resources this already desperate funding situation in schools will only get worse. I am calling on the Chancellor to invest in education later this month and protect funding for children and young people in Wigan.”

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers:

“No head teacher should be put in the position of increasing class sizes, leaving building repairs undone or cutting staff and resources simply to balance the books. Nor should any parent accept this for their child. We are one of the richest countries in the world. We can and we should be funding our schools properly.”

Mary Bousted, General Secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers:

“We urge the Government to increase the overall funding for schools. If it just reallocates the existing budget many children will lose out, with some of the most deprived children being hit hardest. It is ill-conceived to think the formula for schools’ funding can be reformed alongside real terms cuts to the overall schools’ budget. No school should be forced to cope with a drop in funding that will jeopardise its ability to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum and recruit and retain staff. All children deserve a fair chance to succeed and should not suffer because schools are under-resourced by the Government and teachers over-worked.”

Anyone who wants to see more details about how individual schools will be affected can look the new website www.schoolcuts.org.uk to see what the cuts could mean for their local schools and sign a petition to the Chancellor which they will find on that website.

November 15, 2016 By : Category: News Print