Heads up: London schools face funding cuts

Discussion in 'South East London General Discussion' started by SELPA, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    Hello South East London

    This is a heads up for parents and guardians of kids in local schools to keep an eye on this story.
    The government has been through a few changes over the past month but the cuts agenda is still very much there* . The government according to this story are pressing ahead with what is described as "Fairer Funding"

    A truly progressive approach would be about increasing funding for schools who are currently losing out rather than taking from schools currently doing ok.

    What the affect of the 'fairer funding', which is in an effect a cut, will likely mean for parents of kids in these schools which want to maintain their offering is an increased frequency of the school asking for money, directly, or indirectly. So prepare yourselves!

    *The department will deliver 20% core administrative savings through greater efficiency. (a quote from this -> https://www.gov.uk/government/news/department-for-educations-settlement-at-the-spending-review-2015)
  2. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    Update: Statement from government today, 21 July by Education secretary Justine Greening

    source: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/schools-funding
  3. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    A troubling situation is brewing in education. The Guardian - Secret Teacher blog describes it as a crisis.

    "Teaching is in crisis. There is an enormous shortage of qualified staff in the state system, especially in subjects such as physics and maths. There are also serious budget problems. Teachers are all too familiar with these issues, but are parents aware of what is happening to their children’s education?"

    The blog calls on parents to look at their state school and consider the following questions.
    • What was the average class size last year and what will it be this year?
    • How many teachers did you employ last year and how many teachers will you be employing this year?
    • Will my child be taught by non-specialist teachers or non-teaching staff?
    If you find the answers worrying, you’re not alone.

    What can you do?
    Contact your MP:
    In Lewisham
    Heidi Alexander - http://www.heidialexander.org.uk/contact-heidi.aspx
    Vicky Foxcroft - http://www.vickyfoxcroft.org.uk
    Jim Dowd - http://www.jimdowd.org.uk/get-in-touch.html

    source: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher...hools-are-in-crisis-parents-we-need-your-help
  4. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    A quote from us earlier
    It's happening... direct requests for money from parents to fund the school. There are donation boxes, in the entrance classes in some Lewisham schools.
    Loss of PE teachers and support staff due to cuts for reception classes. To make up the shortfall from government.

    Communities are going to have to pull together to get kids in the locale the resources they need to get a fulsome education. Expect to see estate agent boards, springing advertising school fayres, and loads of fundraising efforts from Parent & Teacher Associations!

    Schools with a wealthy intake like Grammar school, Latymer in North London, in this story in 2 October Guardian can do the following...
    Source: https://www.theguardian.com/educati...ancial-shortfall-theresa-may-education-policy
  5. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    Demo on Thursday 17 November, the cuts are starting to squeeze in primary education. Unless parents, teachers and all involved in education make a stand it's likely
    to get worse. Do be at this demo, bring your child(ren), show them a form of democracy in action.
  6. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    If you are a parent of a school age child in a state school, this is especially for you.
    The school cuts website shows the impact of this government's policies on Lewisham
    This will affect kid's outcomes. awww.schoolcuts.org.uk[​IMG]
  7. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    A little thing, but Christmas is coming, lots of schools will have fairs, raffles etc and fundraising drives, if you care about your community, the children within it, please go out of your way to support these things. Schools around here are really under financial pressure.
  8. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

  9. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    Parents & carers are taking action. Sadly as we mentioned earlier, London schools are going to be hit hard by cuts.

    On Thursday this week there is a parent led event.

    Time: 7.30 - 9pm on
    Date: Thursday 16th March at
    Location: Edmund Waller Primary School, Waller Road, London SE14 5LY.
    Website: http://www.fairfundingforallschools.org/act-now.html (they will want you to write letters. If care, just do it, it can make a difference).

    If the so called Fair funding formula is implemented it means local schools suffering significantly with average cuts which are 40% higher than the national average.
    Please let the parents & carers who might be interested know of the event.

    Please note: this event is nothing to do with us*, we post simply to raise awareness. (*the South East London People's Assembly Against Austerity)

    Thank you
  10. SELPA

    SELPA Lives for South East London

    If you want to have your say on Schools funding, the consultation closes today 22 March 2017 http://ow.ly/LGtE309ZUAP
    Link to the first page https://consult.education.gov.uk/fu...national-funding-formula2/consultation/intro/

    Lewisham will be hit hard. We went to the Fair Funding meeting last week at Edmund Waller school. A very well attended meeting by lots of
    concerned parents, plus teachers. The head teacher from Chelwood Nursery, we were gobsmacked that this highly regarded nursery is under threat.
    The head teacher was in tears.

    Forest Hill School has got itself into trouble. Two sides to the argument
    Petition: https://www.change.org/p/lewisham-council-forest-hill-school-funding-crisis-invest-don-t-cut?
    Cllr Paul Maslin blog http://themaslinmemo.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/forest-hill-school-strike.html

    We are under time pressure, so we can't write up and post as much as we'd like to give readers on here a full picture of what's going.

    best wishes

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