How will funding changes affect your child's school? Union publishes Northampton map
Union bosses say a fall in Government spending on schools will see Northamptonshire have 1,077 fewer teachers in just four years time.
The National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) calculations take into account current Government spending policies, including plans to reallocate school budgets according to a new national funding formula, and not increasing ‘funding per pupil’ with inflation.
Losses to existing Northamptonshire schools’ budgets would total more than £40 million, which is the equivalent of 1, 077 full-time teachers. Alternatively, the union says £410 less would be spent on each boy or girl compared with today.
Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “No head teacher should be put in the position of increasing class sizes, leaving building repairs undone or cutting staff and resources simply to balance the books.
“Nor should any parent accept this for their child. We are one of the richest countries in the world. We can and we should be funding our schools properly.”
In total, 86 per cent of schools in Northampton will face reductions as things stand.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said the union’s statistics did not take into account any future changes in Government spending.
But an Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) spokesman said the Government’s proposed ‘Fair Funding’ reforms will not make matters any better.
“Without additional funding, a new funding formula will simply spread an already inadequate amount of money around more thinly.
“For every school which gains from this, others will lose - and almost every school will lose when the impact of inflation and other cost increases - against which the Government’s funding freeze offers no protection - are also taken into account.”
Go to http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk to use an interactive map.