Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Daisy Cooper is to lead a public meeting for parents to understand how the schools funding crisis, will affect their chid's education. The meeting follows an initiative by St Albans Headteachers, who have recently written to parents to say how concerned they are at the £3 billion shortfall in Education funding in real terms. following the introduction of the government's new funding formula.
Daisy Cooper said: "If the Conservative Government's proposals go through, they will cause serious problems for many of our schools over the next few years. Headteachers, who should be free to teach and inspire our children, will instead be forced to make difficult decisions to cut support services or the classes on offer, or increase class sizes. The severe reductions in funding per pupil will lead to fewer teachers managing growing class sizes."
Education professionals unions, the TUC and ATL estimate that unless the Government allocates additional money, schools and academies will lose huge amounts in real terms cuts — rising to £3 billion a year in real terms by 2020. Worse still, under the Government’s new funding formula they estimate that 98% of schools could lose out.
Some examples of the impact of the cuts on schools in the St Albans constituency are: -
- - £509,386 Budget change by 2019
- -£689 Per pupil
- -13 Teachers
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- -£614,008 budget change by 2019
- -£666 per pupil
- -£16 teachers
- -£640,058 Budget change by 2019
- -£669 Per pupil
- -17 Teachers
Figures taken from: http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/schools
Daisy Cooper, who was announced this week as the Liberal Democrats spokesperson for Young People on their General Election Campaign Team will be joined by: Alan Gray, Chair of Hertfordshire Schools Forum and Headteacher, Sandringham School, and Jo Yurky, co-Founder, Fair Funding for All Schools, a national parent-led campaign.
The event will take place on Monday 5th June, 7-9pm, St Paul's Church Hall, Blandford Road, AL1 4JP
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