Our Council Leader and our Wimbledon councillors are supporting the campaign by the National Education Union for more money for our schools.
The Government’s spending review, which will decided the future of education funding, is fast approaching and our representatives have signed an open letter to the Tory Education Secretary Mr Damian Hinds MP demanding more money for our schools from the impending spending review.
The Letter reads as follows:
Dear Damian Hinds MP,
As councillors, we are writing to express our grave concerns over the Government’s ongoing cuts to school funding.
Our excellent state-funded schools have lost out in billions of pounds in funding. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has equated this to an 8 per cent cut per pupil since 2010. The funding crisis has become so overwhelming that according to the Education Policy Institute, almost a third of all council-run secondary schools are now in deficit, and eight in ten academies are in deficit according to last year’s Kreston UK report.
Many schools are now desperately overwhelmed, as more and more students are competing for fewer and fewer resources. Compounded by biting cuts to local council services, in addition to the teacher recruitment and retention crisis, the current settlement is not tenable.
We demand that the Government address this funding crisis in its Spending Review by:
· Reversing the cuts to school funding since 2010
· Giving our schools the funding they need.
· Funding Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision properly
Our children only have one chance to go through the school system. By cutting funding to schools, the Government is failing them. It must change course urgently, and give our schools, education professionals and students the proper funding they need.
Cllr Stephen Alambritis, Cllr Eleanor Stringer, Cllr Mark Kenny, Cllr Pauline Cowper, Cllr Ben Butler