Maidenhead Area School Funding Cuts
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Despite Tory promises to “level up” school funding across the country schools will still be facing a £1.3bn shortfall in 2022/23 compared with 2015/16. Evidence suggests any additional funding is being targetted on better off areas and supporting a further expansion of selective education.
Since 2015 the average amount spent on a pupil has fallen from £5,000 a year to just under £4,700. Schools need an extra £2.4bn a year to put that right. 83% of schools in England will lose out next year compared with 2015.
Based on the Government’s own figures, England’s primary school children are taught in the largest classes since the year 2000 which makes them the biggest in the developed world.
The picture in secondary schools is even worse, the number of children taught in classes over 30 is at its highest since 1981 and class sizes are rising at their fastest ever rate.
There are more pupils than in 2015 but 3,500 fewer teachers. More children per teacher means less attention and individual support for each child.
Funding cuts are reducing curriculums – subjects like music, languages, art and design are being cut as a result of the pressure. There are now dozens of schools that are only open for four and a half days a week.
More than one million children with special needs don’t have adequate funding to help them access their education. An Education Select Committee reort says “The Department for Education must make the strongest possible case to the Treasury for sufficient funds to finance the widening high-needs deficit, projected to be over £1 billion by 2021.”
Angela Rayner, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary
“Teachers and parents know that it is only a Labour government that can be trusted to invest in an education system that gives every child the best start in life.”
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