Funding of Schools must be addressed Gillian & Nick

Yesterday in the Evening Standard newspaper this article was written by Anna Davis and Julie Henry. I have reproduced its text below and it was focused on London School issues. However, it is clear that the challenge for funding for Schools is equally impacted across the whole of our Nation. The text under this picture reproduced here was “Many headteachers will need to make redundancies because of spiralling costs” and that is not something that should take place.

As it happens the latest Ministerial changes which have been applied by Rishi Sunak have led for him to install Gillian Keegan who is the Conservative MP for Chichester to become the Secretary of State for Education which is the Minister that is in charge of the Department for Education. Gillian was at one point a junior Minister in the same Department, but she was moved out by Johnson. Here is the list of the other 9 Ministers in this role before Gillian took place on the 25th of October.

  1. The Rt Hon Kit Malthouse MP2022 to 2022
  2. The Rt Hon James Cleverly MP2022 to 2022
  3. The Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP2022 to 2022
  4. The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP2021 to 2022
  5. The Rt Hon Sir Gavin Williamson CBE MP2019 to 2021
  6. The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP2018 to 2019
  7. The Rt Hon Justine Greening2016 to 2018
  8. The Rt Hon Baroness Nicky Morgan2014 to 2016
  9. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP2010 to 2014

Along with the revisiting of Education by Gillian, her next-door MP neighbour Nick Gibb for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton was also in the DfE for many years before he was removed by Johnson at the same time as Gillian was removed. He has now become the Minister of State for School so the two of them are responsible for resolving these challenges. We clearly need them to pay attention to this article and the challenges in the Sussex Schools.

Here is the article

Schools are at breaking point and on the verge of becoming unsafe because they do not have enough money to function properly, London headteachers warned today. Budgets are so tight that schools are on “starvation rations”, Richard Slade, head of Plumcroft primary school in Greenwich, said, adding: “While we continue to ‘cope’ because we are vocationally driven to do our best for the children in our care, it’s now impossible to deliver what we know our children need.” It comes after the Evening Standard launched its Step Up initiative, to help the next generation of Londoners deal with the challenges they face, particularly with regard to their education. School leaders warned they are being hit by a “perfect storm” of costs, including spiralling energy prices, inflation, and an unfunded rise in teacher pay which has to come from their budgets.

Most schools are not permitted to operate a deficit budget so are forced to make cuts to balance the books. Speaking to the Standard, Mr Slade said funding cuts mean “hope, possibility, joy and opportunity” are being wiped out. He said: “I am spending most of my time trying to work out what we have got to cut and what we can stop doing that doesn’t mean I have to shut the school.” Zac Rawlinson, head of Year 11 at Featherstone High School in Ealing, said: “We have staff going around the school making sure the lights are switched off when not in use and that there’s no heating on in empty classrooms.” A poll of London headteachers by the NAHT found that half will have to make teachers redundant because of spiralling costs and government underfunding. Also, new data from TeacherTapp found that more than a quarter of London school leaders said they could no longer afford to provide catch-up learning, despite 89 per cent of teachers saying students have gaps in their knowledge as a result of Covid.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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