Hackney school funding cuts: Find out how your child’s school could be affected
PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:10 10 November 2016
Unions say government plans could leave schools in Hackney with a funding crisis.
The National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers have built an interactive map to show their predicted effects of plans to redistribute existing funding around schools in England.
According to the figures – based on government data and Institute for Fiscal Studies calculations – the unions anticipate cuts of 16 per cent to schools in Hackney by 2020.
The two key factors behind the union’s calculations are government cash being reallocated across the country and funding not rising with inflation.
Across the capital as a whole, the predicted real terms losses to school budgets total more than £600million, equivalent to the loss of more than 16,000 teachers.
The unions are predicting that Lubavitch Senior Girls’ School could see a funding decrease of more than 19pc, and that there may need to be 38 fewer teachers at Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form.
Cllr Anntionette Bramble, responsible for children’s services at Hackney Council, said: “Any reduction in funding for education is a step in the wrong direction.
“In Hackney, we have very real concerns arising from the recent education funding proposals.
“It is widely predicted that schools in a number of the most deprived communities in the country face significant losses as a result of the implementation of these proposals.
“No school in a deprived area should be worse off as a result of the formula especially when schools are performing to the high standards they are in Hackney.
“I would like to see other schools funded to a similar level as inner London, rather than money being taken from us.”
Staff, teachers and governors will be holding a rally in Westminster on November 17 to call on the government to invest more money into education.
NUT London regional secretary Martin Powell-Davies said: “We invite parents, governors and support staff to join teachers at our rally and call on the government to invest in children’s future by increasing the overall funding for schools.
“If the government fails to act, and instead simply seeks to redistribute an insufficient total budget, the consequences will be devastating, particularly in London.”
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