Reintroduce educational support funding to MEAS and the TES to Neath Port Talbot CBC
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Neath Port Talbot UNISON branch call on Welsh Government to reverse the decision to cut educational support funding to Minority Ethnic Achievement Service (MEAS) and the Traveler Education Service (TES).
The Cabinet Secretary for Education has essentially withdrawn funding for these groups under the education improvement grant (EIG). Research shows that Roma and Traveler children have the lowest attainment rates of any ethnic group in Wales and the EIG is designed to support their learning and raise attainment.
Mark Fisher Neath Port Talbot UNISON said, “In NPT we have a percentage of travelers and minority ethnic groups in our schools examples of which are Margam and Briton Ferry who rely on this funding. The council has evidence to show support workers provide a fantastic service engaging with these ‘hard to reach’ learners. We want all young people to be able to reach their potential and support workers are able to champion the needs of all learners, particularly the vulnerable or disadvantaged. They build strong relationships with families, schools and the communities they serve.
“A reduction in funding will be devastating and job cuts are already being discussed with the trades unions. Any redundancy costs will need to be funded from an already stretched budget provision.
“We urge Welsh Government to consult with UNISON and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Welsh Government must complete an Equality Impact Assessment to ensure monies are allocated to those in need.”
Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM commitment to equitable in a recent press release she wrote “We don’t write off anyone, or anywhere. We have high expectations, with the right support, at the right time, for all students, schools and settings. As a small country, we can’t leave anyone behind” UNISON asks that the Cabinet Secretary for Education takes her own advice and supports all Students, Schools and Settings and reintroduces this vital funding.
UNISON NPT call on all other Local Authorities, Trade UNIONS and communities to join our campaign, we are stronger together as one voice. Mr Fisher went on to say that this disgraceful decision will affect the most vulnerable people in our society and I call on the Welsh Government to review their decision and put the monies back into Neath Port Talbot also the other 21 authorities before we have redundancies across all 22 local authorities “
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