Cuts in Education Funding in Essex
New figures show huge cuts to Essex schools budgets
The updated School Cuts website www.schoolcuts.org.uk shows that Government funding policy for schools means that the over 500 schools in Essex will worse off by £66,721,432 worse off by 2019/20 than they were in 2015/16.
Some of the worst schools effected in Essex are
School cut per pupil £
Bradfield primary 1039
Basildon Upper academy 951
Clacton Coastal academy 942
Chigwell Row infants 875
Great Tay primary 854
Stewards academy 833
Maltings academy 765
Chelmsford County High school girls 730
Rivenhall primary 569
The website, published by the NUT and other teacher unions, compares each school’s funding in 2015-16 with the funding the Government predicts it will receive in 2019-20 under its proposed new National Funding Formula (NFF), adjusted for the impact of inflation and cost increases imposed on schools.
Despite reassurances in the Conservative party election manifesto that school budgets would be protected, this is clearly now not the case. The NFF will simply redistribute existing money across the country, while the Government’s funding freeze and inflation and employer cost increases will cut the value of every school’s funding by almost 10 per cent. The NUT estimates that this combination of a new funding formula and cost increases means that 98% of schools will be worse off in 2019-20. This is causing increasing concern among many Conservative MPs.
The National Audit Office has warned that schools will need to save £3 billion by the end of this Parliament and that they are ill equipped to do this. The latest DfE figures show that 60% of secondary schools are already in deficit.
Essex NUT General Secretary Jerry Glazier said: ‘Under this Government’s funding policies, there are no winners, only losers. Essex schools are being forced to make difficult and damaging decisions that no head teacher should have to make. These include reducing school staff and teachers, increasing class sizes, and reducing the range of subjects offered simply to balance the book. This is an unacceptable state of affairs The NUT and ATL will continue campaigning for additional funding, to protect schools and our children’s education.”