Today (Monday 4 March), MPs in Westminster will debate school funding, after a petition started by two head teachers from the North East of England gained nationwide support and reached more than 100,000 signatures.
The petition was started by Andy Ramanandi, head teacher of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Blaydon, and Mustafaa Malik, head teacher of Wardley Primary School in Gateshead. It says:
“Schools are having to make difficult choices on how to spend their limited funding as their income has not kept pace with the rise in costs since 2010. All schools are working very hard to ‘make ends meet’ but this is becoming increasingly difficult and verging on almost impossible.”
The petition can be found here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/232220.
The debate comes as NAHT’s own research shows that MP’s attitudes are shifting. NAHT and ComRes surveyed 151 MPs anonymously in October and found that more than half (54%) of MPs agreed that there is a funding crisis in schools, whilst just a third (33%) disagreed that there is a funding crisis.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “School funding is becoming a cross-party issue and it’s encouraging to see so much Parliamentary time being dedicated to it. This must give the Treasury pause for thought, at least. Unfortunately, up until now, they have remained silent. This isn’t a position that can stick to any longer when you consider how many people have signed this petition. 100,000 people can’t be wrong.”
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