School funding cuts

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has highlighted the school funding crisis during Education Questions in Parliament recently. 


The Jarrow Constituency MP has slammed the Government’s schools funding policy in Parliament, and believes that unless the Government allocates additional money, schools will continue to suffer. 


School funding has already been cut by £2.8 billion since 2015 and Head Teachers and staff are now faced with the difficult job of having to make ends meet so they can offer the best education for all children. 


Schools North East data indicates that, compared to 2015/16, the 19/20 financial year will see on average a £30,904 reduction in funding per primary school and a £189,776 reduction in funding per secondary school in the North East area.

As a result of the pressures on funding schools report having to cut back on teaching and non-teaching staff, support for more vulnerable pupils, teaching resources, the range of activities in primary schools and curriculum in secondary schools, repairs to buildings and renewal of equipment.

Mr Hepburn asked the Education Secretary: “The Government are continually telling us that record levels of funding are going into education, but it is about time we found out where it is going, because the average secondary school in the north-east will be £190,000 a year worse off than it was in 2015.

Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education, replied: “The national funding formula allocates at least 1% over two years in respect of each pupil, and that goes up to 6% per pupil in historically underfunded areas. In a few exceptional cases, it is even more than that. It is incredibly important that we have the right resourcing in place for children’s education throughout the country, and that is another reason why we will be making a strong case on behalf of education in the spending review.”


Stephen Hepburn MP added:


“The Tories have cut school budgets and there will now be a generation of children paying the price for austerity.


“Head Teachers from our schools are doing a wonderful job despite the unfair financial pressures being placed on them by this government.  The fact is these cuts have consequences, with a curriculum narrowing and teacher numbers falling.


“Austerity in our schools must end, and the next Labour government will reverse these cuts, giving our schools the resources they need and increasing per pupil funding to a record high.”


Meet your MP


Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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