PLEASE READ - We urgently need your help.
We are about to receive details of our school budget for 2019/20. Our school finances have reached a critical level and we know that more cuts are on the way. Please don't think that this is an issue that only affects other people's children in other schools. St. Stephen's is really feeling the pinch and we need the Education Secretary to urgently and adequately fund the schools in our constituency.
On 4th March, there will be a debate about school funding in Westminster Hall, as a direct result of a Parliamentary petition launched by headteachers. We need you to write to your MP to ask them to stand up for schools and put pressure on Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, to reverse the damaging cuts.
If you click here, fill in the form and schoolcuts.org.uk will send a letter to your MP on your behalf.
St. Stephen's is amongst hundreds of schools in England that are facing a funding crisis. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, total spending per pupil in England has dropped by 8% in real terms over the last 8 years.
This academic year the Government has not kept its promise to increase school funding in cash terms either. The Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, promised “all schools would see a modest rise in funding”. But the latest public data shows that 4,819 schools did not receive this guaranteed cash increase. In total, one in four primaries and one in six secondary schools have had their funding cut in cash terms this year.
Headteachers are reporting that their budgets are stretched to breaking point. Class sizes are increasing, schools are losing vital teaching and non-teaching staff, and in some cases, curriculums and timetables are reduced to make ends meet.
Children only get one education. We need the Government to commit to ensuring every school is adequately funded. This means ensuring per pupil funding in real terms returns to the level it was in 2015.
So far St. Stephen’s has managed to protect opportunities for your children – with support from parents and FOSS - but we are running out of options...