Jim Cunningham MP has raised his concerns in Parliament, and has met with Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department of Education, about the cuts to school funding which is likely to Coventry harder than other areas across the country.
The Conservative Government is changing the school funding formula that will decrease the amount of funding that is available to schools. This is leaving Coventry with total cuts of £29 million by 2019.
This is likely to affect many Coventry schools. Sidney Stringer as an example faces a total cut of just over £1.6 million by 2020. This equates to the loss of 46 teachers. Ernesford Grange is also facing a cut of over £485,000 pounds which equals a loss of funding of £936 per pupil.
The Conservatives new funding plans will also have an effect on primary schools with schools such as Willenhall Community Primary School losing more than £258,000 which is likely to mean a loss of 8 teachers and Whitley Abbey Primary School loosing over £135,000. This would be a reduction of £553 per pupil.
Jim Cunningham MP said;
“Coventry schools are facing a £29 million pound budget cut. This is likely to have a severe strain on the school budgets that are already facing huge pressures following years of austerity.
“The conservatives promised to protect school funding. The huge cuts that Coventry schools are now facing means an election promise is being broken. Coventry pupils and families deserve better. I will continue to campaign to ensure our schools are protected.”
Mr. Cunningham MP is also arranging to visit a number of local schools and discuss the effects of the cuts with the head teachers.