We urge the Government to increase the overall funding for schools.
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We urge the Government to increase the overall funding for schools. If it just reallocates the existing budget many children will lose out, with some of the most deprived children being hit hardest. It is ill-conceived to think the formula for schools’ funding can be reformed alongside real terms cuts to the overall schools’ budget. No school should be forced to cope with a drop in funding that will jeopardise its ability to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum and recruit and retain staff. All children deserve a fair chance to succeed and should not suffer because schools are under-resourced by the Government and teachers over-worked. In London, we anticipate real terms cuts of 16% in Southwark, Lambeth and Hackney and of 15% in Haringey and Kensington and Chelsea.
Many areas of the country would be hit by cuts above 10%, including Manchester (15%), Middlesbrough (14%), Coventry (14%), Bristol (12%) and Birmingham (13%).
Justine Greening’s own constituency of Putney should expect a 13% loss, or £740 per pupil. Justine Greening and her Ministerial colleague at the Department for Education Edward Timpson represent constituencies which are in the top 100 worst affected. The Secretary of State’s constituency is 27th worst affected and Edward Timpson’s is 93rd. Nine in ten schools in England (92%) could face budget cuts in real terms over the next four years.
No local authority area is likely to see a real terms funding increase for its schools and academies, even after the redistributive impact of a new formula.
Average budget cuts could be 6.5% in primary schools and 9% in secondary schools.
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