MP Ruth Cadbury asks the Education Secretary to reconsider her proposals for school funding

In December, the Department for Education and No 10 were working with the Grammar School Head’s Association on developing proposals for new grammar schools and expansion of existing ones. The BBC reported that the Department for Education was to launch a new funding formula and the National Audit Office issued a funding analysis saying that state schools in England will have to find £3bn in savings by 2019-20, facing 8% budget cuts and about 60% of secondary schools already have deficits.

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford & Isleworth (above) drafted a letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening:

Dear Rt Hon Justine Greening

I am writing to ask you to reconsider your proposals for school funding.

Schools find themselves in the unenviable position of having to deal with significant cost pressures on their budgets due to inflation, increased employer national insurance contributions, the impact of the apprenticeship levy and the rising minimum wage. On top of this the Government is planning to revise the National Funding Formula for schools.

In my area the cumulative effect of these pressures and the change to the National Funding Funding is estimated to be £5.1 million – or a loss of 6.2% of their budgets. 

My constituents and I are asking if you will reconsider your funding proposals for our schools which could see between 9 and 18 fewer teachers in our secondary schools and up to 11 fewer teachers in our primary schools.

We look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely

Ruth Cadbury MP

Some constituents and people further afield co-signed it via this link






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