Heads fear cash cuts

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Karen Rock­ett

MORE than 4,000 head­teach­ers have signed a let­ter to Chan­cel­lor Phil Ham­mond urg­ing him not to cut bud­gets.

They fear the new Na­tional Fund­ing For­mula will fail to make school bud­gets al­lo­ca­tion fairer.

Teach­ers from 25 coun­ties have joined the cam­paign Worth Less?

Group l eader Jules White said at his school, Tan­bridge House in West Sus­sex, cash is so tight they have cut teach­ers and can’t af­ford enough clean­ers.

He said un­der the new for­mula a pri­mary school in Devon will re­ceive £407,200 less than a com­pa­ra­ble one in Green­wich, South Lon­don. While a sec­ondary in Ox­ford will get £4,050,200 less than a sim­i­lar sized school in Hack­ney.

Schools Min­is­ter Nick Gibb said the new for­mula means ev­ery school will see an in­crease in fund­ing.

LET­TER: Phil Ham­mond

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