In Milton Keynes and across the country, schools have been struggling with cuts. In September, around 2000 head teachers marched on Downing Street to protest at continuing funding shortages.
October 19th saw a national day of action led by Save Our Schools as groups of children and parents demanded more funding. Now campaigners face an anxious wait for Monday’s budget to see if their requests have been listened to.
As things stand, there has been an 8% real term reduction in school funding since 2010 (confirmed by the Institute of Fiscal Studies). This is also having a knock on effect on support for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in mainstream settings.
According to the School Cuts organisation, almost 90% of Milton Keynes’ schools are set to experience funding cuts between 2015 and 2020. This will amount to an estimated £5.9 million loss altogether – an average of £142 per pupil. Check here to find out if your local schools are currently being affected and by how much.
Community campaigner Ben Nolan stated, “The Government needs to listen to parents who are seeing the damaging impact on our schools and change course in the October budget. The children of Milton Keynes deserve better than endless cuts.”
Chair of Milton Keynes Labour Party John Orr added, “Rising class sizes and under-resourced schools reflect the Conservatives’ austerity programme. For many concerned teachers, parents and pupils enough is enough.”
A future Labour government is committed to ensuring that all schools are properly funded, by reversing Tory cuts, and making sure that all schools have the resources they need.