education cuts

19 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to Department of Education, Damian Hynds MP

More funding for the Arts in schools and colleges

 The Government has for some time been engaged in closing down Fine Art departments all over England in favour of Computer Studies, Maths and Science subjects. Whilst major colleges; the Royal College of Arts, Slade, Royal Academy schools and Goldsmiths are safe at the moment, gradually what is happening is that the feed from the small schools are being cut off too. Also secondary and grammar schools are being affected by cuts in their Art departments.  In any period of recession Governments repeatedly cut the Arts as a means of making savings overlooking the fact the Arts (film, theatre, music, books, ballet etc.) produce for the economy £92 billion a year, bigger than oil, gas, life sciences, automotive, and aeronautics combined. This is at a time when our economic growth is of the utmost importance. Furthermore it would appear that in spite of all the troubles and disagreements, countries such as Russia, America, France, Germany, Australia, China and Japan are all sponsoring their Art talents in order that their future generations will benefit. A real danger for the future would be that Arts will become the domain of the rich thus ruling out at least 50% of the world’s real talent. Past history underlines the fact that all Governments ensure us that the Arts are ‘safe’ in their hands, only to make further cuts.  Our country needs further investment in the Arts to benefit our future generations, which in turn will help increase our economies revenue.

Fred Cuming
54 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Somerset County Council

STOP all cuts to the vital PIMS team who give our severely disabled children there voices.

Somerset County Council intends to reduce the number of staff in the Physical Impairment Medical Support Team. (PIMS) This will leave severely disabled children unable to attend mainstream school and will rob them of vital equipment that allows them to communicate, We are working to help save the PIMS team, responsible for helping disabled children and young people with educational needs access the curriculum and be able to communicate using Alternative Augmented Communication (AAC) in Somerset. The local authority is looking to cut this service by reducing staffing levels of some of the most high key skilled and trained essential members of this small team. Without this service most vulnerable children would be left struggling for support or loose their place in a mainstream school. This team help our children use equipment to communicate via specialist equipment communication aid, such as eyegaze. The people who make the PIMS team are specialists in their field and can't be replaced at short notice. Other Staff and School Staff cannot be “upskilled” Its taken years of work for them to understand and build the skills needed to work with our children. Without this team our children and future children will live a life in silence with no way of communicating where needs or problems. This would be a step back and undo decades of hard work to help disabled people to live a equal and forfillig life. We need to get Somerset county council to do what ever is possible to protect this essential service. We understand money needs to be saved but to take from the most vulnerable feels and seems the most callous. TWITTER @hearpims We the undersigned call upon Somerset County council to stop these cuts! 

Garrie Wynn Gemma Lorey
886 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Kirsty Williams AM (‎Cabinet Secretary for Education), Alun Cairns MP (Secretary of State for Wales)

Fair Funding for all Schools in Wales

Schools across Wales are facing devastating funding cuts. We strongly oppose any cuts to education funding. Our schools are at a crisis point; they are already under significant pressure and these cuts will hurt. Further cuts are likely to lead to larger class sizes, fewer teachers and teaching assistants, less support for children with special educational needs, and reductions to or loss of extra-curricular activities and non statutory provision. Investment in education is an investment both in the future of our children and of our country. We call on the Welsh Assembly to ensure, as a matter of urgency, that: Cuts to school budgets are reversed and all schools are adequately funded A fair, consistent and transparent formula is used to allocate funding equitably, for all pupils in schools in Wales Funding per pupil is increased for the most poorly funded schools without cutting funding per pupil for any other school No child will lose out as a result of changes to funding arrangements Head Teachers are saying: ‘We lost £50k to the UK government’s apprentice levy; so we lose two staff’ ‘We’re £300k short and are looking at reducing interventions and have increased class sizes’ ‘In a school in West Wales with 350 pupils, I am now having to teach full time.’ ‘I have to make over £270k in savings and that is going to have a huge impact on what the school can provide for the children’ What to do next Set up your own Facebook group, perhaps working with the other primary and secondary schools in your town or local area so you can work together and share ideas. Connect to us: Use Facebook and Twitter to publicise the petition:     #FundWelshSchools Set up a campaign group at your local school and organise your own public meeting. We have template letters. You can email your MP, AM and local councillor and tell them your concerns and what you want them to do, or write your own letter (even better). Keep in touch with us and we will be happy to hear from you.        

Fair Funding for All Schools in Wales
5,959 supporters