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Cheshire East Schools Funding
Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers
As many of you are aware, the Government is consulting on proposals for changes to school funding that will result in a £9.3 million reduction to funding for education across Cheshire East. These changes will see 131 out of 146 Cheshire East schools receive a reduction in funding.
The Department for Education has stated that one of its main aims for a National Funding Formula is to address funding inequalities across the country. Cheshire East has historically been one of the lowest funded local authorities in England. The current proposals will see children in our schools receiving £344 less per pupil when compared to the rest of the North West. Cheshire East will also continue to be underfunded compared to all similar authorities nationally, meaning our schools will not have sufficient funding to provide the basic minimum education for children across Cheshire East.
For example, schools will lose an average of 2.1% per pupil as a result of these proposals. This will inevitably lead to schools being required to make significant adjustments including possible class size increases, teacher and teaching assistant cuts, a significant reduction in the amount of support that we can provide for individuals and groups of pupils and narrowing of curriculum options with subjects such as music and the arts being marginalised. These proposals are in contrast to the DFE's aims and will increase inequalities across regions, meaning that children in our schools will not have the same opportunities as children in other similar schools and local areas.
We recognise that many of you will want to respond to the Government's consultation. This is
available at: https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula2/
The Consultation is open until 22nd March 2017 and we would urge as many parents and carers as possible to respond. We are aware that the consultation questions are not presented in a particularly accessible way. Please be aware that ALL responses will be considered including any part responses. Parents and carers do not, therefore, need to respond to every question in the consultation. We would suggest that the first 4 questions are responded to as a minimum. The remaining questions can be left blank for submission — part completed responses will still be
We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding through this challenging time for us all.
Cheshire East Schools Funding Crisis for the attention of Parents, Colleagues and those involved in schools.
Public Meeting, Friday 17 March 7.30pm, Alexandra Suite, Crewe Alexandra Football Club,
Gresty Road, Crewe, CW2 6EB
You will be aware of the serious funding issues affecting Cheshire East schools. Across Cheshire East a number of events are being organised to raise public awareness of the current funding crisis.
Please find below details of an event organised by Cheshire East UNISON, and supported by the NUT.
It is short notice, but we hope you will be able to support this event by bringing it to the attention of parents, your staff and other colleagues.
Edward Timpson MP, Crewe and Nantwich and Minister of State at the DfE
Angela Rayner MP, Ashton-u-Lyne and Shadow Education Secretary
Please do try to attend to hear the respective parliamentary positions and contribute to the debate.
Regional Secretary NUT