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Petition against cuts to the budget for schools in Addingham, Silsden/Steeton and Eastburn

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What you need to know

The Government is making cuts to the budgets of local schools, which is having a damaging effect on the education of our children:

  • Addingham Primary      -£320 per pupil loss; equivalent to 1 teacher 
  • Silsden Primary            -£400 per pupil loss; equivalent to 2 teachers
  • Steeton Primary           -£329 per pupil loss; equivalent to 2 teachers
  • Eastburn Primary         -£264 per pupil loss; equivalent to 1 teacher

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The reality of the effects resulting from these budget cuts is detailed below:-

Addingham Primary: over the last 6 years - loss of 6 support staff.

Former Aire View Infants: over the last 6 years -  loss of 0.8 teacher, 6 teaching assistants & 0.5 family support specialist

Former Hothfield Junior: no increase in funding for teaching assistant support in spite of increased pupil numbers.

Silsden Primary:  loss of 2 senior leader posts. The merging of 2 schools into one has resulted in significantly less ‘lump sum’ funding than received by each school previously.

Eastburn Primary: loss of 3.5  full time equivalent teaching assistants

John Grogan MP is supporting a petition against the cuts, which he will present to Parliament early in March.

Please sign the petition and ask others to do the same.  Let them know the purpose of the petition as set out below.

The petition should be completed by 10.3.18. For those supporters that do not have any online presence, hard copies of the petition will be available across the district  in one of your local shops which is collecting signatures.

If you want more forms, please contact the Chair of the Craven Labour Party Branch, Val Carroll, email:


Declares that the cuts in spending to school budgets in Craven Ward, in the constituency of Keighley and Ilkley, will lead to further staff redundancies, increasing class sizes, reductions in the range of subjects on offer and a decline in educational standards. 

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to reverse the cuts that have been made to school budgets in Craven; further to protect per pupil funding in real terms in the schools of Craven over the lifetime of this parliament; and further to ensure no school loses out in real terms as a result of any new funding formula.

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