NAHT Cymru is backing a call on Welsh Government to urgently review the formula used to calculate funding for education, to address inequality for pupils across Wales.
The call, made by the Vale of Glamorgan Schools’ Budget Forum in an open letter to Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education, focused on the level of funding budgeted per pupil in the Vale of Glamorgan compared to the rest of Wales. It is the lowest of 22 local authorities in Wales in funding per pupil.
The Schools’ Budget Forum letter also stated that it will be writing to parents of all school pupils in the local authority to share their concerns, urging them to write and persuade the Government to give this issue more consideration and revisit their funding formula. The budgeted expenditure per pupil in the Vale of Glamorgan in 2017/18 is at the same level it was in 2012/13.
Dean Taylor, NAHT Cymru Vice-President and school funding spokesperson said:
“NAHT Cymru has been urging Welsh Government to review school funding for some time because the current system is out-dated, not fit for purpose and failing to deliver equity for our children and young people.
This is all about what is right for our pupils as schools throughout Wales are facing the unenviable task of trying to maintain and improve standards against a backdrop of increasing pressure on resources.”
Damon McGarvie, NAHT Cymru President adds:
“Every child in Wales deserves sufficient funding within core school budgets to ensure they receive equal access to high quality education. It is right that additional targeted funding is made available for disadvantaged pupils but this funding should be on top of the basic per-pupil element. Unfortunately, we know it usually ends up plugging the gap found in the shortfall within core school budgets.
"An independent audit of school budgets is now vital, as well as a change to the formula used to calculate school budgets. Only then can we be sure that every child and young person in Wales is receiving the same basic level of investment, irrespective of their postcode.”
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