In Hornsey and Wood Green schools will have lost £11.8m by 2020 compared with 2015. That’s £535 less for every pupil.
We need fair funding for schools. Instead ten years of Tory cuts have meant fewer teachers, larger class sizes and underfunded support for those with special educational needs and disabilities. (SEND). Further education has continued to be cut year on year and funding shortfalls have failed to provide the necessary investment and support to make high quality early years provision available for all.
Some schools have been left resorting to asking parents for money for basic equipment, or reducing their hours to cut costs.
In January 2020, the Government enshrined minimum funding levels for schools into law. Despite this, I do not believe the funding will reverse years of cuts to school budgets. Indeed, the National Education Union has advised that in the 2020-21 financial year, 83% of schools will have lower real terms per pupil funding than they did in 2015. I am particularly concerned that school budgets have been cut disproportionately in deprived areas.
It is vital that all our schools are given the resources they need by reversing their school cuts in full. The Government must invest in upgrading schools that have fallen into disrepair, address the shortfall in SEND funding and increase long-term funding.