The problems for our schools are very real and very immediate, ranging from no money for glue sticks right up to considering closing earlier in the day simply to save money. All parties should commit to tackling this growing crisis.
The joint union website www.schoolcuts.org.uk has been highlighting the extent of the problem. With 93% of schools affected by the current funding proposals, there is scarcely a school or sixth form in the land that won’t be worse off. Parents have been incredulous and dismayed at the begging letters for money or resources that head teachers have been forced to send out.
This is no way to run an education system.
Teachers and parents will be going to the polls on Thursday. Whoever wins the election can rest assured that, unless sufficient funding for our schools is provided, the vocal and strong campaign against school cuts will continue and grow ever louder.
Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said: “The real and pressing problems of school funding need to be addressed with urgency. It is simply untenable that head teachers should have to continue to struggle on with the lack of funding that is so negatively affecting the education of our children and young people. The Labour Party have committed to a summer budget if they get elected. This is something that all parties should sign up to.”
Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “Parents as well as education staff can see the effects of funding cuts and are deeply concerned about the extent to which this will continue after the election. It will be naïve of politicians to think this problem is going to disappear next week. The solution is simple – if we want to educate our children well, in appropriate environments, with excellent teachers and sufficient resources, then schools need funding to keep pace with costs and with pupil numbers. Action to redress school budget cuts will be needed as soon as the new Cabinet sits down to plan the next five years.”