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Bath Labour Group's statement on School Funding

Statement from B&NES Labour Group following Government announcemnt about school funding.

education_cuts.jpgIn response to the Education Secretary's shake-up of school funding announced yesterday (18 July), B&NES Labour Group’s Spokesperson for Education, Cllr Liz Hardman (Labour, Paulton) said:
 
"Schools across B&NES have been increasingly anxious about shortfalls in their budgets.  This issue featured heavily as a concern amongst heads, teachers and indeed parents during the recent General Election campaign, with the potential for cuts to staff numbers, bigger class sizes and reductions in the number of subjects offered.  Whilst I am pleased that higher minimum per pupil funding has been found under the revised National Funding Formula, I remain concerned about where this money will be coming from.  It is not new money.  Instead it has been taken from other educational budgets including, I fear, money set aside for school building projects at a time when there are holes in the floors and ceilings of our classrooms. That said, I will not be shedding any tears if some of this additional spending comes from the cash set aside for the disastrous and now discarded Grammar School policy". 

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