Following the closure of the consultation on the Government’s new funding formula for schools, Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has warned that every school in the constituency faces a significant cut in funds unless changes are made. He warns that this will inevitably lead to bigger classes, fewer teachers and cuts to extra-curricular activities.
Since the changes were announced, Justin has spoken up in two Parliamentary debates, including one specifically relating to schools in Cheshire West & Chester, as well as securing a private meeting with the Minister. Many local schools have also registered their concerns with the Government, as well as thousands of local parents, who have signed petitions.
Despite this pressure, the Government has so far refused to back-track on its plans. In response to a question from Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday, the Prime Minister simply replied:
“The national funding formula is under consultation, and obviously there will be a number of views.”
Commenting, Justin Madders MP said:
“The new funding formula will leave every single school in this area substantially worse off and could have a real impact on the education that our children receive.
“When they were elected, the Conservatives pledged to protect per-pupil funding for schools and all that we are asking them to do is to keep this simple promise.
“Local schools have made so much good progress in recent years, but these cuts will threaten all of that. We could see bigger class sizes, fewer teachers and cuts to activities. I’ll keep up the pressure on the Government to listen to what people have said in response to this consultation.”