Tory education policy: budget cuts + ideology = chaos for our schools

29 April, 2017

Theresa May would like this general election to focus on Brexit, but she can’t avoid responsibility for the chaos in our public services, the NHS and our schools.
Tory education policies have created confusion and division. They have focussed on Free Schools and Academies at the expense of good local schools, and are now presiding over the biggest cuts to schools budget since the 1990s. By 2020 this government will be spending £3billion less on education, despite the Tory Manifesto pledge in 2015 promising that education spending would be protected.
A fragmented school system

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has highlighted how Tory education policies are creating a school system that is “incoherent and too often poor value for money” by prioritising Free Schools.
The Tory government’s ideological obsession with Free Schools has led to £863million being spent on just 175 Free School sites, while local schools are falling into disrepair, requiring £7billion to restore them.
School budget cuts

The Tory government’s National Funding Formula will be devastating for schools. The NUT has calculated the impact of the funding changes on every school. You can see the impact on your child’s school by visiting the School Cuts website:

In Waltham Forest, our schools are collectively facing funding cuts of around £4,295,000 – on average of £63,162 per school. In addition to this, unfunded pressures will see costs for our schools increase by an additional £17million.

In Chingford, each of our schools is faced with budget cuts that will mean fewer teaching staff and larger class sizes. More than 150 teachers and teaching assistants could lose their jobs in Chingford & Woodford Green’s schools.
Some of our secondary schools are likely to lose more than £800,000 from their budgets. These schools would have to lose around 20 teachers to balance their budget. Many primary schools could lose as many as ten teachers, as they face budget cuts of more than £250,000.

When Jon Cryer, Leyton & Wanstead’s Labour MP wrote to the Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, to raise concerns about the funding shortfall for schools in his constituency, the Minister’s reply demonstrated how out of touch the Tories are: schools should make up their budget shortfalls by purchasing cheaper photocopiers or switching energy suppliers!
Labour wants to introduce a National Education System. Labour will invest to ensure the highest standards in schools, with every child cherished and supported. We will focus on what matters most to parents– driving up the quality of teaching in classrooms. We want an education system that meets the challenges of the 21st Century.
Join our campaign to protect the education of all our children

A public meeting will be held on
Monday 8 May at 8pm in All Saints Church Hall, Church Avenue, Highams Park E4 9QZ.

Speakers will include: Kevin Courtney, NUT General Secretary, Councillor Grace Williams, WF Labour Cabinet member for Education and Young People, and a parent campaigner from OCOS (Our Community, Our Schools). Please join us and help protect our schools from Tory cuts.

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