East Cambridgeshire’s schools, already some of the poorest funded in the country, will lose teachers and suffer a funding crisis unless they receive a major cash boost, the country’s biggest teachers’ unions warn.
Cambridgeshire’s schools already receive £600 less per pupil than the English average, with £4200 a year being spent per pupil – some of the lowest funding in the country. This contrasts sharply with the best funded areas, where £6300 is spent per student annually.
School Cuts, a campaign funded by the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, warns that without additional funding, Cambridgeshire’s schools will be £18,904,536 worse off by 2020, will on average be spending £249 less per pupil and lose an estimated 507 teachers across the county.
Spotted in Ely has put together a table, showing which of East Cambridgeshire’s schools will be hardest hit, according to School Cuts.
The table is based on figures provided by the two unions. On their website, they predict the amount of money, pupil funding and teachers each school would lose by 2020.
The figures do not include sixth-form colleges, special schools, such as Highfields School in Ely, and new schools, such as the Isle of Ely Primary School.
When it comes to the numbers of teachers lost within the next four years, School Cuts predicts that Soham Village College will lose a whopping six teachers, while Bottisham Village College is expected to lose five and Witchford Village College four.
According to School Cuts, our schools – which get some of the lowest funding in the country to spend on pupils – will be hard hit by 2020.
It predicts that tiny Mepal and Witcham Church of England Primary School, with a roll of just 64 students in 2013, will lose £1051 funding per pupil within four years time.
The popular Shade Primary School in Soham will suffer cuts of £721 per pupil, while Little Thetford Primary School’s pupils will each be about £518 worse off, according to School Cuts.
On its website, School Cuts said: “Schools are struggling financially. Class sizes are rising, curriculum choices are being cut, pupils with special needs are losing vital support and school staff are losing their jobs.”
The unions said schools were already facing a funding crisis and that unless the Government injected major funds into improving the situation, almost every school in the country would suffer hardship, losing a total £2.5 billion per year in real terms.
“The Government’s proposed ‘Fair Funding’ reforms will not make matters any better. Without additional funding, a new funding formula will simply spread an already inadequate amount of money around more thinly.”
The two unions are urging people to sign a petition to “oppose the Government’s plan to cut schools’ funding by £2.5bn in real terms by 2020 and prevent the damage this is doing to our children’s education”.
They are also urging residents to email their local MPs to put pressure on them to increase funding for schools.
Last month, five Cambridgeshire headteachers, including Ely College principal Richard Spencer, Witchford Village College principal Chris Terry and Bottisham Village College principal Jonathan Russell met with Education Secretary Justine Greening to voice their dismay at delays to provide fairer funding for the county’s schools.
The meeting was hosted by South East Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer.