The Government is imposing real terms funding cuts by freezing per-pupil funding while inflation and costs increase. Their proposed new National Funding Formula will not solve these funding shortages. The School Cuts website - http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk – uses Government statistics to show that even after a new Formula has been introduced, all schools in the Wyre Forest area will be worse off in real terms by 2020. The average real terms budget cut will be 9.5% in primary schools and 8.7% in secondaries.
Schools are already struggling with their finances. Budgets have been cut to the bone, class sizes have increased, subjects have been dropped from the curriculum and materials and resources are scarce. All this comes at a time of soaring pupil numbers and a developing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.
The current Government was elected on a manifesto that promised to protect school funding, yet this pledge is not being honoured.
You can email Mark Garnier about this and see the exact funding cuts to each school where you live here