MPs blast Government over National Schools Cut

Hounslow's MPs this week criticised Government funding plans that would mean local Schools face cuts equating to £462 for every pupil, equivalent to 420 teachers.

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, speaking after a debate on schools funding in Parliament on Wednesday said "head teachers and governors are already having to cut teachers and extra support because of growing costs such as the apprenticeship levy, agency staffing, pensions and National Insurance and other rising costs. These wider cost pressures combined with the Government proposals on the National Funding formula mean Hounslow schools facing cuts of £10m by 2019."

The Government is now consulting on a new National Funding Formula that aims to shift funding from London schools to rural areas and this will mean more children here will lose out.

In parliament Ruth said “Hounslow's teachers have achieved amazing results, and our schools are among the best in the country when measuring pupil achievement. But Headteachers and Governors are already facing decisions that mean fewer teachers, more packed classrooms, less enrichment activity, and less specialist help for children with additional needs. The Government's funding formula proposals will cut funding for Hounslow schools even more.  It will be the children and their futures that lose out."  She added "I urge everyone who cares about our schools and our children's future to respond to the consultation."

Kathryn Harper-Quinn, head at Hounslow Heath infants school said "Why does the government feel that continually raising the expectations for what children are expected to achieve is a successful strategy, while at the same time slashing the budgets that schools need to reach these high standards?"

Seema Malhotra, Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston said in Parliament "In my constituency we are looking at cuts of £437 per pupil between 2015 and 2019. With the Government saying that they believe in and want to support social mobility, and with a third of our children across the country not achieving even five good GCSEs. This is absolutely the wrong time to be cutting school funding for the pupils who most need it and that it is an own goal when it comes to thinking about our future shared prosperity.”