The Autumn budget promised a one-off payment to schools of £10,000 to fund ‘little extras’. I asked schools in my constituency to tell me what impact this money would have, and what challenges they are facing.
The results were staggering: every school said that they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their current level of funding, with many predicting further cuts to teacher training, books and equipment, and student support.
Despite seeing an increase in pupils across the city, teachers, teaching assistants and support staff have been cut, impacting the experience children have at our schools, with a primary school teacher saying: “we cannot make any further cuts without seriously compromising our children’s education”.
I have sent a copy of this report to the Education Secretary and the Chancellor and have asked to meet with them, to discuss situation this as a matter of urgency.
Read the full report here.