Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has reacted angrily as the Government’s final position on the National Funding Formula (NFF) and funding for schools until 2019-20 has shown that schools and academies in Denton and Reddish are facing a real terms cut to their funding.
Under the Government’s plans, 27 out of 31 schools and academies across the Denton and Reddish constituency are facing a real terms cut to their funding with the average pupil in Denton and Reddish seeing their funding cut by £168 per head.
According to the most recent calculations of the National Education Union, 88% of schools nationally still face real terms cuts even after any gains from the new funding formula when inflation and increases in school costs are considered. According to the IFS, the schools budget overall will still experience a real terms cut of 4.6 per cent between 2015 and 2019 despite the recent injection of cash from within the DfE.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“The whole point of the new funding formula was to balance out historical disparities – yet I do not understand how nearly every secondary and primary school across the constituency, will lose funding.
“Recent figures show that over 9,400 schools (one third of the total) were in deficit in 2015-16. Worryingly, almost 4,000 schools have been in deficit in each of the last two years, while almost 1,600 have been in deficit three years in a row – this cannot continue.
“I’ve written to the Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, urging him to reconsider this funding formula which will see our communities schools devastated.
“Sadly, class sizes are increasing; extra-curricular activities are being cut; parents are being asked for financial contributions; teachers and support staff are regularly dipping into their own pockets to provide supplies and equipment; schools are cutting back on the breadth of curriculum; and staff are being made redundant or not being replaced if they leave – this is the reality of Tory Britain.”