Harlow headteachers write to government over “cash-starved” schools

Education: Secondary / Wed 21st Jun 2017 at 11:37am


HEAD teachers in Harlow are keeping up the pressure on school funding, sending a letter warning about “cash-starved” schools to almost two million families reports the BBC.

As the government prepares to set out its plans in the Queen’s Speech, school leaders across 17 councils are calling for urgent action over a funding gap.

Claims over school funding shortages became an election battleground and a doorstep issue with voters. The Conservative manifesto promised an extra £1bn per year from savings.

But there have been doubts cast on the biggest slice of this extra funding – with uncertainty over whether the government will go ahead with scrapping free meals for all infants.

With no majority in the House of Commons it would be more difficult to get through legislation to scrap the free meals for infants, introduced three years ago.

The funding warning letter will be sent by head teachers to parents in more than 4,000 schools, saying that many schools are going to have to cut staff and subject choices.

There were warnings before the election of schools having to reduce hours or even go down to a four-day week for some pupils.
School governors backed the concerns over funding, with the first ever “strike” by governors in West Sussex.

The letter will go to parents in the following councils: Brighton, East Sussex, Northamptonshire, Surrey, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Oxfordshire, Thurrock, Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Peterborough, Wokingham, Devon, Norfolk, Suffolk, West Sussex and Dorset.

Parents will be told about analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which said that the Conservatives’ plans for school spending would mean a “real-terms cut of 2.8% in per-pupil funding between 2016 and 2022”.

The head teachers sending this letter are part of a regionally based campaign over school funding shortages.

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