DfE Funding Cuts
As a school, we feel that it is our duty to provide parents with a fair and accurate picture of the real state of school funding in our area. All state schools in England are funded by a central government grant that is administered by the Department for Education (DfE). According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), school funding per pupil has fallen 8% in real terms since 2010.
“Schools are having to make difficult choices on how to spend their limited funding as their income has not kept pace with the rise in costs since 2010. All schools are working very hard to ‘make ends meet’ but this is becoming increasingly difficult and verging on almost impossible. Bank of England information shows that £100 of goods in 2010 cost £121.90 in 2017 (which is approximately a 20% increase), and school funding has not kept up with the increase in costs.”
The schools sending the letters are facing severe real-terms funding cuts, with many losing more than £100,000:
|Local Authority/Branch||Average Primary Cut||Average Secondary Cut|
|Cheshire West & Chester||-£59,454||-£269,704|
|Stoke on Trent||-£31,700||-£94,865|
This data is backed up by the politically independent House of Commons Library, which breaks down school funding by parliamentary constituency:
All schools within the Key Educational Trust are directly affected by the funding arrangements and face enormous challenges to ensure that we provide the very best quality of education for our pupils when faced with diminishing resources.
Thank you all for your support
Mr C Wright
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