Back in November, trade unions representing school staff produced an interactive map featuring every school in the country, estimating the amount of funding each one would lose in real terms (see here). The Government accused the unions of `scaremongering' but now that the actual National Funding Formula has been announced, the national picture is actually worse than predicted.
"The reassurances which Schools Minister Nick Gibb sought to give Conservative MPs, that schools would not lose money, are proven to be false" state trade unions representing school staff – the ATL, GMB, NAHT, NUT, UNISON and Unite .
"The scale of the funding crisis facing schools is so great that MPs are becoming increasingly aware that schools in their constituencies will suffer unmanageable cuts" they add.
The unions have now updated the interactive school map, and in Salford, the Blackley and Broughton constituency of Graham Stringer MP will be the 36th worst hit out of 533 constituencies in England. Here, on average, there will be a real term drop of £607 funding per pupil in 2019-20, compared to 2015-16, an 11% loss over the previous six years.
Lower Kersal Primary School, for instance, faces a loss of £536 per pupil and the equivalent loss of three teachers based on a huge budget reduction of £123,695. The Albion Academy faces a loss of seven teachers and £350 per pupil. And River View Primary will be hit by the loss of five teachers and £399 per pupil.
Schools in the Salford and Eccles constituency of MP Rebecca Long-Bailey will face an average loss of £306 per pupil, a 6% drop in funding, and those in the Worsley and Eccles South constituency of MP Barbara Keeley face a £284 drop in funding per pupil, down 4%.
Overall, Salford faces an average of drop in education budgets of £9,519,363 by 2019, an average loss of £309 per pupil and the loss of 255 teachers.
"Theresa May's Tories are running our schools into the ground, trampling over our children's life chances, and undermining hard-working school support staff" says Tim Roache, General Secretary of the GMB union "School Cuts reveals how every single constituency in England stands to lose out from the Government's funding proposals, putting unmanageable strain on the dedicated public servants who are trying to do the best by our kids. This is a wake-up call – we need funding for our future, not relentless and self-defeating budget cuts."
Russell Hobby, General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, adds: "School budgets are being pushed beyond breaking point. The Government's £3 billion real terms cut to education funding must be reversed or we will see education and care suffer. Already heads are being forced to cut staff, cut the curriculum and cut specialist support. A new funding formula is the right thing to do, but it cannot be truly fair unless there is enough money to go round in the first place."
And Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, explains: "Every single MP in England has reason to be worried about our latest analysis which shows how every constituency will be adversely affected by the Government's recently-announced funding proposals.
"Schools are already on their knees trying to make ends meet" he adds "Budgets have been cut to the bone and decisions such as increasing class sizes and losing staff have already been made. To avert this national scandal, Government must reassess its plans and make substantial new funding an urgent priority so that all schools have sufficient money to run an effective education system."
To see how your children's school will be affected by the budget cuts see the interactive map and just enter your postcode or the name of the school – click here