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Holly Lynch MP has launched a petition against the proposed Government spending formula for our local schools which would see many of them face a cut of hundreds of pounds a year in funding per pupil.
This comes at a time when school budgets already face extreme pressures. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) have estimated that even before these changes were announced increases in pupil numbers meant that per pupil real terms spending was likely to fall by at least 7 per cent between 2015-16 and 2019-20, or by about 8 per cent if changes in the costs likely to be faced by schools were also accounted for.
These changes will impact on all primary and secondary schools in Calderdale and the figures for every school can be found here (click 'NFF all schools' and then use ctrl-f to find a specific school). The proposals would see four local secondary schools see a significant fall in their budgets:
- Park Lane Learning Trust -2.6%
- The North Halifax Grammar School -2.6%
- Trinity Academy, Halifax -1.0%
- The Crossley Heath School -2.3%
Cutting funding for the next generation's education is never the way to find savings. A number of our schools already fall well below the average state school per pupil spending level of £6,200 a year at secondary level and £4,800 at primary.
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School funding formula in Calderdale
To the House of Commons.
The petition of residents of the UK,
Declares that the proposed national school funding formula would see reductions to the budgets of schools in Calderdale at a time when finances are already stretched.
The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Education to reconsider the proposed national school funding formula to ensure that Calderdale schools do not lose out and that no school receives less than £4800 per pupil.
And the petitioners remain, etc.