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Bury Schools facing financial crisis
This letter is being written on behalf of Headteachers across primary, secondary and special schools in Bury to highlight the huge issues being faced as a result of prolonged, significant and increasing underfunding. These concerns are shared across most of the country and in all types and phases of school. As one of the lowest funded local authorities, Bury schools are already using their funding efficiently and we have major concerns about the further financial pressures we are now experiencing. We feel that it is important to let parents and the community know what the impact has been and will be on our schools – and hence on the children of Bury.
Ministers repeatedly claim that education funding is protected and seem to be in denial about the realities of school funding and its impact on children. They talk about there being more money in education than ever before, when there are half a million more children in schools than in 2010. Whilst the funding per pupil has remained the same, costs to schools have risen significantly including additional costs created by government policy. The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that education funding reduced by 14% in real terms in the period 2011-
It is quite simple – there is less money in schools.
Meanwhile schools are also having to take on greater responsibility as the services that we have previously accessed are either being cut, charged for, or are failing to operate properly -
Some other services for children manage their reduced budgets by raising their thresholds i.e. you now have to have a ‘bigger’ issue to access the service. However the problems for children remain and often schools are being expected to offer greater pastoral support at a time when our capacity to do so has reduced. From April 2018, Bury schools will have to bear more of the costs for supporting a child with Special Educational Needs from its own budget. These children will still require the same level of support. At the same time, the number of specialist places in Bury (and nationally) for children with additional/special educational needs is not keeping up with demand.
We appreciate that education cannot be immune from economic realities. Unfortunately schools are not able to recoup money by increasing our prices or save money by raising our thresholds.
Bury schools will work hard to ensure that cuts have the least possible impact on teaching, learning and pastoral care. However, tough decisions will have to be taken. Governors and Headteachers can no longer guarantee that such cuts will not impact on our children. You may already have seen, or will probably see: More…