National government is consulting on proposals for changes to school funding that will result in a £9.3 million reduction to funding for education across Cheshire East, with 131 out of 146 schools seeing a reduction in funding.
Schools asses that the impact for our children will be:
• Schools will not have sufficient funding to run their schools.
• Significant number of schools will have deficit budgets with 2 years.
• Young people will not have access to the opportunities they deserve and there is a risk to developing the skills base required by employers.
• Schools may not be able to meet minimum class size requirements.
All schools in Cheshire East are currently working together, with the full support of the local authority, to challenge these proposals. A delegation has met with the Minister, Nick Gibb MP who has given a commitment to consider the minimum level of funding required to deliver a good education and consider some historic anomalies which have resulted in this potential reduction in funding.
Local schools are asking for public support in the matter and would urge local residents to respond direct to the government’s consultation if you haven’t already done so. The consultation is available at https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula2/. You have until 22 March 2017 to respond to the consultation.
All schools and the local authority are committed to ensure children in Cheshire East have the same opportunities as children in similar schools and local authorities across the country.