schools and funding cuts

According an analysis based on Government figures, every constituency in England could see schools lose money under Theresa May’s new funding plans.

The Government spending plan, which is due to start in 2018, could result in some schools losing more than £1,000 per pupil.

A separate set of calculations suggest 98% of schools face “a real terms funding cut for every pupil”.

An alliance of six unions – the National Union of Teachers, Association of Teachers and Lecturers, National Association of Head Teachers, Unison, Unite and GMB, have published a league table of England’s 533 Parliamentary constituencies, showing that schools in each one will lose out under the plan. They say this amounts to an average loss of £339 for every primary pupil, and £477 for every secondary pupil.

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “Schools are already on their knees trying to make ends meet. To avert this national scandal, Government must reassess its plans and make substantial new funding an urgent priority.”

The Department for Education (DfE) have said the figures were ‘fundamentally misleading’. A spokesperson said: “We have set out proposals to end the historic postcode lottery in school funding.

“Under the proposed national schools funding formula, more than half of England’s schools will receive a cash boost in 2018-19.”

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