Schools face further funding cuts
PUBLISHED: 07:15 05 December 2019 | UPDATED: 07:15 05 December 2019
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A quarter of schools in North Somerset will suffer further funding cuts next year, despite the Government’s plans to boost spending on education.
Analysis by the School Cuts campaign shows 89 per cent of schools will have less money per pupil in 2020, than they had in 2015, while 25 per cent will be subject to more funding cuts.
The average cut per pupil in North Somerset - from 2015 to 2020 - amounts to £197.
School Cuts is calling on the Government to address the 'funding crisis' and invest in young people.
Jon Reddiford, district secretary of North Somerset National Education Union, said: "Parents, pupils and teachers are seeing every day the impact of the education funding crisis.
"Schools have been forced to shed staff, slash subjects and cut resources, with many unable to afford even basics like glue sticks and toilet paper.
"Yet this Government continues to underfund and under-deliver on their responsibility to schools and the nation's children and young people."
Yeo Moor Primary School in Clevedon is one of the worst affected - its funding has been cut by an average of £355 per pupil since 2015, which is equal to the salaries of two teachers.
St Katherine's School, in Pill, has lost an average of £299 per pupil over the past four years - equivalent to four teachers' salaries.
Headteacher Justin Humpreys, said: "The recent announcement of increased funding by the Government, together with the election pledges of all parties, is most welcome; but it merely plugs the funding gap that has been created over the past five years.
"St Katherine's has increased the number of students on roll over the past couple of years as it has increased in popularity and reputation.
"This has helped the funding situation; but clearly more needs to happen to enable the school to carry on providing the excellent education it currently provides for its students."
Earlier this year, the Government announced plans to boost school funding by £7.1bn by 2022-23.
However, schools are continuing to make further cuts to their budgets as the funding does not begin until next year.