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Dear Parent / Carer
June 21st, 2017
POST ELECTION UPDATE: FAIR AND ADEQUATE SCHOOL FUNDING
Following the general election outcome on 8 June, headteacher colleagues across the country and I felt that it is appropriate to contact you again regarding school funding to update on the current position.
The salient points are as follows:
Against this background, it is crucial that the new Government responds quickly and effectively to a growing crisis in our schools.
We are encouraged that following the election, the media have widely reported a recognition by the Prime Minister that our concerns “must be addressed”.
We remain concerned, however, that the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies recently stated that when rising student numbers and inflationary costs are taken in to account, an input of £4bn will still lead to a “real terms cut of 2.8% in per pupil funding between 2016 and 2022”. This represents a huge sum of money.
The only way for our cash-starved schools to function effectively is for proper investment – capital/buildings and revenue – to be made into existing schools. The Government must also avoid giving schools additional money through a new formula and then taking it back again through “hidden costs” and stealth taxes.
Along with headteachers from 17 counties stretching from Cornwall to Norfolk and many points in between, I am determined to work collaboratively to ensure fair and adequate school funding for every school is achieved. As such, headteachers will complete and encourage the following actions:
Can I thank you again for your unstinting support which is clearly making a positive difference to our crucial campaign.
On behalf of 17 county areas: