Date: 12th Oct 2018 @ 10:40am
You may be aware that funding for our school is at the lowest it has been for a number of years and this picture is reflected nationally, across primary and secondary schools. While some local schools ask for an annual contribution to keep staffing at the same level of previous years, we have managed to continue, without asking yourselves for additional funding. What we do ask for is financial support with the trips that we run that are to enhance our curriculum and increase children’s connection between education in school and the outside world.
Last week, the Department for Education (DfE) claimed that school have never been better funded. Analysis by the BBC shows it is entirely wrong to suggest that Government spending on schools is much higher than in other comparable countries. The statistic misleadingly chosen by the Department for Education included spending made by families on university tuition fees (loans to students) and independent (private) school fees. This adds billions of pounds to headline data but has absolutely no effect on funding received by schools. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has confirmed that schools have faced an 8% cut in real terms between 2009-10 and 2017-18
We hope that DfE ministers will now focus on the key issues - investing adequately in schools and supporting much improved recruitment and retention of teachers, in order to rebuild trust and credibility with the teaching profession.
Parents have also asked how they can support the drive for improved funding. In light of this we are able to let you know that parent groups have lobbied parliament (10 October) and there will also be a national day of parental action on 19 October. For more information about 19 October, please search #parentsteachersunite on Twitter or Facebook.