Kirklees schools face savage cut to budgets

Kirklees schools face savage cut to budgets

KIRKLEES is set to be one of the worst-affected areas in the country for proposed funding cuts to schools.

In Kirklees, 169 schools will have their budgets reduced by a total of £6.5m a year, amounting to over £100 per pupil.

All 50 schools in Dewsbury will lose funding, making it the second worst-hit constituency in the country, while Batley and Spen will be the fourth worst.

A new report found that secondary schools across England will lose almost £300,000 on average and primary schools will lose £74,000 in real terms.

Published by the Education Policy Institute, the analysis said that the government’s new funding formula will take more cash away from the most disadvantaged children in society.

The report stated that there were “unlikely to be any schools in England which will avoid a real terms cut in per pupil funding by 2019-20, even in areas benefiting from the new formula.”

Staff at schools across the district could be facing the prospect of losing their jobs due to the cuts.

The figures suggested that the Thornhill Community Academy, which featured in TV hit Educating Yorkshire, faces losing 13 teachers as a consequence of total cuts estimated at £533,918 – £661 per pupil – by 2019.

Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Paula Sherriff described the proposed funding cuts as “an appalling betrayal of local children”.

She said: “When the Tories were asking local people for their votes, they vowed to protect funding for every child in our area.

“But now Theresa May is preparing to rip up her own manifesto and impose brutal cuts on every single local school. I will be fighting alongside local parents, pupils and teachers to hold them to the commitment they made and make sure our children do not pay the price for their broken promises.

“They promised a fairer funding formula but it’s not fairer and it’s not funded.

“Local schools are threatened with cuts to staff, subjects or school days, or passing the begging bowl around parents. And it’s the worst off who are worst hit.”

The only constituency in England affected worse than Dewsbury is Birmingham Ladywood.

All 45 schools in Batley and Spen will also lose funding equating to £118 per pupil.

MP Tracy Brabin said: “This damning report should serve as yet more evidence that the Government need to give their school funding plan an urgent rethink.

“It is simply outrageous that all schools in Batley and Spen are set to see their budgets cut further.†

“Every time I speak to head teachers they tell me it’s getting harder to deliver high-quality education under increasing financial strain.

“Our young people deserve better.”

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