The Government is proposing a new National Funding Formula (NFF) for all schools that will disproportionately hit London. Southwark schools will be among the hardest hit in the country by these funding cuts.
The consultation on the proposed changes ends on 22 March 2017. Fine out how to take action to oppose the cuts to your school’s funding here.
London has had extraordinary success in raising school standards in recent years, out-performing the rest of the country. In Southwark our schools have made fantastic progress and 93% are now rated good or outstanding. Cutting funding for these schools would be a huge step backwards.
Schools in London face unique challenges around deprivation, mobility, a very rapid increase in demand for SEND places and other factors such as higher salary pressures, based on the high cost of living in the capital.
If the proposals go ahead, London will have to find savings of £360 million in the first year, the equivalent of 12,857 qualified teachers across the capital.
Every child in the country deserves a great education. Fair funding shouldn’t involve a reduction in funding for children in London, but instead a levelling up of schools funding across the country. Nationally, this would cost the government £335m, equivalent to just 1% of the ‘Dedicated Schools Grant’ which funds our schools.
READ THE JOINT LETTER FROM LOCAL MPS AND THE LEADER OF SOUTHWARK COUNCIL HERE