‘Suffering’ schools told figures are misleading
Department for education responds to Bucks teachers’ campaign
CAMPAIGNERS heading the ‘WorthLess? Campaign’ claim Buckinghamshire schools receive about £141million less every year than counterparts in Westminster, in London, despite the local authorities catering for the same number of children.
The educators claim that schools are awarded significantly different funding per pupil depending on where they are based – and students are suffering as a result.
Russell Denial, principle of Chalfonts Community College, in Chalfont St Peter said he has seven fewer teachers than this time last years because of cuts.
He told Mirror.co.uk: “Buckinghamshire is cruelly underfunded compared to some other local authorities.
“It is not a level playing field and its not fair. We are looking at saving everywhere we can and I have had to cut department budgets by 50% this year.
“We had to lose seven teachers last year. Every school should be funded equally.”
All 10 of the best funded school areas in the country are in London.
Westminster, fifth in the UK for funding, is rated as giving its disadvantaged children the highest chance of social mobility.
A spokesman for the Department for Education described the campaign’s figures as “thoroughly misleading” and said standards are rising ‘thanks to our reforms’.
The calculations ignore the fact that under our national funding formula, funding is based on the needs and characteristics of each individual school,” the department said in a statement.
“We are investing an additional £1.3 billion in school funding, over and above existing plans, with core schools funding rising from almost £41 billion in 2017-18 to £43.5 billion in 2019-20.
“There are no cuts in funding.
“Every school will see an increase in funding through the formula from this year, and in 2019-20 all secondary schools will attract at least £4,800 per pupil, and all primary schools will attract at least £3,500 per pupil.”