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Vic Goddard: “There is zero likelihood that the funding increase that Robert Halfon has released will be received”

Education: Secondary / Tue 26th Jul 2022 am31 11:35am

YOU may have noticed a little bit of to and fro from Harlow MP Robert Halfon and the Chief Executive of the Passmores Learning Community, Vic Goddard.

Previous correspondence can be found on our education and politics pages.

We thought, we would give Mr Goddard, the final word. Unless of course, other educationalists would like to have their sY.

Vic Goddard said: “”As I said in my previous statement; Robert has always been an advocate for our schools and I appreciate it. However, as it stands, there is zero likelihood that the funding increase that Robert has released will be received. Schools continue to have funding lower than pre 2010 when his party came into power and the latest pay announcement may seem to be good news but this govt is not funding them. Therefore, they are yet another cut in the money available to buy resources for the young people.

From 2009/10 to 2019/20 schools saw the biggest cut in real terms funding in 40 years and the increased funding has not closed that gap substantially. These cuts have hit areas like Harlow most with a 14% loss compared to 9% in other parts of the country. This is the exact opposite of the government ‘levelling up’ agenda. In fact the Institute for Fiscal Studies stated that:

“The cuts to education spending over the last decade are effectively without precedent in postwar UK history.”

The extra funding announced COULD return schools to 2010 levels but only if enforced which is not what is happening currently.

The truth is education has taken hit after hit to funding and, despite Robert’s hard work, there is no end in sight. I would be incredibly frustrated if I was him as the people making decisions in government are simply not investing in education and he is left to try and find positives from what is an increasingly dire situation. 

Having had to lose good staff, that are Harlow people, that do important jobs for our children in the past I really don’t want to go there again but it looks inevitable.

The saddest part is that Passmores is a school that is held up nationally for welcoming the whole community and Robert has given us many opportunities to share that with government ministers. However, the funding cuts have disproportionately hit schools that have an inclusive approach despite the government stating how important inclusion is in its recent white and Green papers. 

The enormous increase in costs for gas and electricity (increases of hundreds of thousands of pounds) along with unfunded pay rises will push many schools over the edge. So, I urge Robert to speak to the headteachers locally to see the true impact of the continued under investment in education on the children of Harlow and the adults that work in it’s schools. 

I will always be grateful for the good working relationship I have with Robert as he has helped in many ways over the last 10 years. Whenever, we have needed support he has tried his best to provide it. However, quoting per pupil funding without being honest about the real term costs gives a false impression to our community. If ‘levelling up’ is going to work we need the tools to do it and just setting increasingly higher targets will not achieve what is desired by all of us. It will just drive good people out of the profession. 

Having served Harlow as a teacher for over 20 years I feel privileged to be a headteacher in the town and to be trusted by the community. I am committed to doing my best but I am increasingly frustrated that it is being made harder by the fact that this government has consistently cut funding, when compared to increased costs, inflation etc.

I wish Robert hadn’t released figures that give a false picture of the funding we have, and will, receive. It puts me in a position where I feel I need to speak up for the children and families I serve but they would expect me to do as I always have – fight for their best interests.’

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15 Comments for Vic Goddard: “There is zero likelihood that the funding increase that Robert Halfon has released will be received”:

Liz Sunak
2022-07-26 12:32:14

I admire Mr Goddard more and more. Mr Halfon can only respond with obfuscation as the money's not there.

GJ
2022-07-26 12:53:57

I expect nothing less from Halfon. A guy who got caught stealing 30k of our tax money to cheat on his missus, a guy who in the past consistently voted against gay equal rights then tried to lie about it. #NeverTrustATory

A
2022-07-26 14:40:28

Keep at it, Mr Goddard. The sensible people of this town trust a dedicated Headteacher more than a self-serving politician.

A
2022-07-26 14:41:58

It is a shame that BMAT, probably the largest MAT in this town has nothing to say about school budgets.

Haley
2022-07-26 20:05:58

I’m all conservative. So if any conservative people out there can get rid of that snotty Nadine Dorris, please do. My god is she power hungry and a total ****

MikeO
2022-07-26 22:00:23

I think we are all getting wise to the fact that this Governments promises mean absolutely nothing! I mean, dont forget their totally empty promise about building 40 hospitals!

Linden
2022-07-26 22:10:19

This government have done a catastrophic job of running this country.. Covid-19 has odviously paid a big part in the debacle, but mistake after mistake has been made they have thrown money in every direction without any thought. Boris Johnson has assembled the worse group of law breaking, lying mps ever. These levelling up payments are completely wasted by councils. Just like harlow. Ripping up perfectly good floor surfaces and spending millions on elaborate floor tiles. The country is at an all time low. God knows who or how it can get any better any time soon.

Kb
2022-07-27 07:09:07

The conservatives have lied, misled and cheated the U.K. Halfon is more than complicit and has enabled the fraud committed by his party.

lez
2022-07-27 07:11:14

i think you are being a bit greedy mr goddard all the money that goes into passmores .open all hours halls rented out sat sun football pitches rented out sat sun up till 3 pm mon till fri up till 10pm .so why not give some of your money to schools that need it more

A
2022-07-27 12:48:28

@Lez, so you would rather a building with such fantastic facilities not be used to its full potential, with revenue being used to maintain facilities and plug the gaps in funding..?

Lez
2022-07-27 14:03:13

A yes don't don't live this school with all the noise before you say should not live there i been here 40 years never like this

Lez
2022-07-27 16:27:00

To a also my post was about passmores have anough money so they should pass on some of there funding to another school maybe purford Green or Potter st

A
2022-07-27 20:36:03

That's fair - I hadn't considered the noise so my apologies.

Vic Goddard
2022-07-28 01:11:21

Lez, we do!

lez
2022-07-28 08:08:20

to a thank you

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