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‘School Cuts’ website data shows funding still an emergency - more than 15,000 schools will have less money per pupil in real terms in 2020 than they did in 2015

September 30, 2019 10:09 PM

Cllr Nick CottLiberal Democrats Shadow Education spokesperson in Newcastle, Cllr Nick Cott, reacts to the National Education Union, who say "the funding crisis continues next year" for 81% of schools in England. They estimate that 15,684 schools will have less money per child in real terms in 2020 than they had in 2015.

"The Conservatives continue to fail our children. This data removes the wool that Boris Johnson tried to throw over our eyes - that he is making parents and teachers wait for the money their schools desperately need," said Nick.

"Whilst he peddles catchy soundbites, teachers are still faced with impossible decisions on which support staff to cut or which basic supplies not to buy.

"The money in the Spending Round won't reach all schools until next September. Even then, it will probably take until around 2022 for the cuts since 2015 to be reversed. That's seven years wasted - the length of time a child is at primary school.

"Liberal Democrats demand better for our children's futures. We need an emergency cash injection this year to reverse school cuts, so that teachers have the resources they need to help their pupils succeed in life."