IMPORTANT - Letter to parents about school funding
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you know, I believe it is important that I keep you up to speed with the changes going on education.
There have been some recent announcements to the way that schools are funded. There are two elements to this.
The Government has said that schools will receive £1.3 billion extra. This does not, however, make up for the £3 billion overall reduction that was already announced and planned for 2015-20. There are rising costs and more children in our school system, which mean the sums do not add up.
In addition to this, the Government are attempting to change the formula which determines how schools receive their money. The implications of the newly announced funding formula are profound. The new funding formula is dependent on a series of limits (capping) to either how much a school can gain or potentially lose from the formula. The caps are largely arbitrary and mean that any new per pupil funding is often based on the previously discredited formula. Take a look at these examples to see how a typical school of our size in Devon is affected:
Difference between Devon and Reading = -£23,200
Difference between Devon and Greenwich = -£407,200
Difference between Devon and Hackney = -£802,800
It remains unclear to me why pupils in our school should receive less than pupils in the rest of the Country.
If you visit www.schoolcuts.org website, which uses all the Government’s data, you may be astounded to hear that St Peter’s is set to lose £112,500 in total from its budget by 2020. If this happens, we would have to lose two teachers!
As stated previously, costs will continue to rise and again differently funded schools will have different abilities to soak them up. All school budgets will be under severe pressure, but some will be under much greater strain than others.
As Headteachers, we simply want to see every child’s school in England, funded adequately. We recognise that there has been some improvement to our budgets and that as a country we must live within our means. We cannot, however, suggest the new formula is, in any way, satisfactory. The finances of very low funded schools are still insufficient to provide the service that your child deserves.
Your influence as parents/carers is vital. Please discuss these issues with your local MPs and local representatives. We will continue to lobby vigorously too and provide further updates shortly. As a group of headteachers, the Exmouth Learning Community has asked to meet with our MP, Sir Hugo Swire.
You will be pleased to hear that there have been some changes to assessment, which parents at the school campaigned for last year. So we can hope for some success in this matter before the budget is announced.
Thanks for your time in this matter,