Heads call for more funding for schools

School leaders have launched an email 'attack' on MPs in a drive to address the funding crisis.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 28th June 2018, 12:26 pm
Updated Friday, 29th June 2018, 8:24 pm
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Leaders of regional NAHT from left, Robert Kelshall, Andy Mellor and Tony Roberts.
Meetings were held around the country today by National Association of Head Teacher (NAHT) as governors debate how to appose the £3bn cuts to school budgets, the North West meeting held at Woodlands Conference Centre, Chorley.
LEP/CHORLEY 15-03-17 Leaders of regional NAHT from left, Robert Kelshall, Andy Mellor and Tony Roberts. Meetings were held around the country today by National Association of Head Teacher (NAHT) as governors debate how to appose the £3bn cuts to school budgets, the North West meeting held at Woodlands Conference Centre, Chorley.

The National Association of Headteachers staged an “email day” yesterday when as many people as possible in the teaching force, heads, senior staff, teachers, parents were asked to email their MP pointing out that data collated from their own analysis as well as the Department for Education, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Public Accounts Committee show that the current level of school funding “is insufficient and that schools and children are suffering”.

Lancashire NAHT Branch Secretary Tony Roberts said the same email had been sent to all Lancashire County councillors and the county’s MPs outlining the crisis facing schools due to current budget shortfalls and the impacts on the future.

It states: “An increasing number of schools in Lancashire and other schools, are facing a deficit budget in 2018 and even more in 2019.

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Up to a fifth of schools reported that their 2017 budget showed a 13 percentage point decrease since 2015

Up to four fifths of schools had, or are planning a decrease in the hours of or the retention of teaching assistant hours and positions.”

However, it points out that despite the county spending more than the national guidelines on education national austerity measures are having an major impact

Mr Roberts added: “It is not going to change the world but is intended to keep the subject in their consciences as we are fighting BREXIT and the NHS issue rightly takes pride of place.”