Fair bud­get plea by 4,000 heads

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Talk TV - BY KAREN ROCK­ETT

THOU­SANDS of school heads are urg­ing Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond not to cut bud­gets.

More than 4,000 have signed a let­ter call­ing for fair­ness over the new Na­tional Fund­ing For­mula.

The scheme, be­ing fine­tuned this week, is meant to make bud­gets fairer.

But the heads’ “Worth Less?” cam­paign claims a huge post­code dis­par­ity.

Jules White, whose Tan­bridge House School in Hor­sham, West Sus­sex, is one of the coun­try’s low­est funded, said he has cut back on teach­ers and can’t af­ford proper clean­ers. He said: “It’s des­per­ate. Our GCSE chil­dren are in class sizes of 35. I think how well we could do if we were just funded ad­e­quately.”

Schools Min­is­ter Nick Gibb pledged “ev­ery school will see an in­crease from 2018” – but Mr White be­lieves real-term bud­gets are be­ing cut by £1.7bil­lion.

PLEDGE Min­is­ter Nick Gibb

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