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School Funding Campaign

Update – School Funding Campaign

 

You will be aware that 2000 Headteachers attended a rally in Westminster and delivered a letter to 11 Downing Street on Friday 28 September, as part of a campaign by Worth Less? a grass-roots group working for improved school funding. Amongst them were a group of 35 Headteachers from Oxfordshire.  Thank you for the support that many parents gave these Headteachers, and others that could not attend but supported their actions.

 

It is clear from the emails that colleagues and I received, that parents overwhelmingly support the need for much improved investment in our schools. As soon as we receive a reply from the Chancellor, we will let you know. I am sure everyone will watch with interest to see how he responds to our requests during the Autumn Statement (Budget) on Monday 29 October.

 

Following recent headlines, Headteachers across the country hope very much that the Government and the Department for Education, in particular, will stop providing parents and the wider public with misleading information about spending on schools.  This week’s scathing letter to the Department of Education (DfE) from the UK Statistics Authority underlines all of the concerns that Headteachers have repeatedly stated over the past three years.

 

Analysis by the BBC shows it is entirely wrong to suggest that Government spending on schools is much higher than in other comparable countries.  The statistic misleadingly chosen by the Department for Education included spending made by families on university tuition fees (loans to students) and independent (private) school fees.  This adds billions of pounds to headline data but has absolutely no effect on funding received by schools. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has confirmed that schools have faced an 8% cut in real terms between 2009-10 and 2017-18

 

We hope that DfE ministers will now focus on the key issues - investing adequately in schools and supporting much improved recruitment and retention of teachers, in order to rebuild trust and credibility with the teaching profession.

 

Parents have also asked how they can support the drive for improved funding.  In light of this we are able to let you know that parent groups have lobbied parliament (10 October) and there will also be a national day of parental action on 19 October.  For more information about 19 October, please search #parentsteachersunite on Twitter or Facebook. 

 

We would again like to thank you for your support and confirm that our campaign will remain reasonable and determined with a single goal of ensuring that every school and pupil receive a much better deal in the near future.

Update – School Funding Campaign

 

You will be aware that 2000 Headteachers attended a rally in Westminster and delivered a letter to 11 Downing Street on Friday 28 September, as part of a campaign by Worth Less? a grass-roots group working for improved school funding. Amongst them were a group of 35 Headteachers from Oxfordshire.  Thank you for the support that many parents gave these Headteachers, and others that could not attend but supported their actions.

 

It is clear from the emails that colleagues and I received, that parents overwhelmingly support the need for much improved investment in our schools. As soon as we receive a reply from the Chancellor, we will let you know. I am sure everyone will watch with interest to see how he responds to our requests during the Autumn Statement (Budget) on Monday 29 October.

 

Following recent headlines, Headteachers across the country hope very much that the Government and the Department for Education, in particular, will stop providing parents and the wider public with misleading information about spending on schools.  This week’s scathing letter to the Department of Education (DfE) from the UK Statistics Authority underlines all of the concerns that Headteachers have repeatedly stated over the past three years.

 

Analysis by the BBC shows it is entirely wrong to suggest that Government spending on schools is much higher than in other comparable countries.  The statistic misleadingly chosen by the Department for Education included spending made by families on university tuition fees (loans to students) and independent (private) school fees.  This adds billions of pounds to headline data but has absolutely no effect on funding received by schools. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has confirmed that schools have faced an 8% cut in real terms between 2009-10 and 2017-18

 

We hope that DfE ministers will now focus on the key issues - investing adequately in schools and supporting much improved recruitment and retention of teachers, in order to rebuild trust and credibility with the teaching profession.

 

Parents have also asked how they can support the drive for improved funding.  In light of this we are able to let you know that parent groups have lobbied parliament (10 October) and there will also be a national day of parental action on 19 October.  For more information about 19 October, please search #parentsteachersunite on Twitter or Facebook. 

 

We would again like to thank you for your support and confirm that our campaign will remain reasonable and determined with a single goal of ensuring that every school and pupil receive a much better deal in the near future.

 

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