Fight for fairer funding for schools taken to the new Prime Minister

Council Leader David WordenCouncil Leader David Worden

Posted on: 25 July 2019

The fight for fairer funding for schools in North Devon is being taken directly to the new Prime Minister.

At a Full Council Meeting last night, councillors unanimously backed the Leader of the Council’s proposal to make formal representations to the government, asking them to:

  • conduct an independent assessment of the effects of funding cuts on children in North Devon
  • reverse the crisis resulting from cuts to per pupil school budgets since 2015
  • guarantee teachers at least an in line with inflation pay rise
  • provide additional funding to give more support to children with special educational needs and disabilities

Initially NDC Leader Cllr David Worden’s motion proposed approaching the Education Secretary and the Chancellor but members felt it should go straight to the new PM’s office after he promised to reduce the funding gap for schools.

Cllr Worden says: “The government’s failure to properly fund schools is jeopardising the education and future prospects of all of our children in North Devon, particularly those children with special needs and disabilities.

“I’m alarmed by reports that schools are asking for donations from parents, cutting back teaching hours, reducing staffing, significantly increasing class sizes and reducing support to those children with special needs who need it themselves.

“We can’t allow this to continue and we must make our voice heard for the sake of our children.”

Representation will also be made the North Devon MP Peter Heaton Jones.

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