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School leaders gather in Sheffield to fight funding crisis in the region

Today (Friday 15 June) school leaders, teachers and governors from across South Yorkshire and the north East Midlands gather in Sheffield for the NAHT Sheffield Education Summit 2018. Joined by MPs and parents, delegates will discuss the impact real-terms cuts to school funding is having on schools in the City of Sheffield and beyond.

Schools in Yorkshire and the East Midlands are being hit hard by government underfunding. 1623 out of 1921 schools in Yorkshire and the Humber will face cuts (84%). Across the 15 local authorities in the region, this is a collective loss of funding of £112,011,227 by 2020.

A recent national survey by NAHT shows that 65% of school leaders ‘strongly agree’ that cut backs have already had a negative impact on the performance of their school. And only 8% of school leaders said that they did not foresee a year where they would have an untenable deficit.

The Sheffield Education Summit 2018 takes place on Friday 15 June, 3.30-5.30pm, in the Stoddart Lecture Theatre of Sheffield Hallam University (City Campus). Louise Haigh, MP for Sheffield Heeley, Stephen Betts, CEO of Learn Sheffield and Rob Kelsall, NAHT National Secretary will address the summit.

Louise Haigh MP said: “Parents and teachers are both rightly angry at the state of our city’s schools after years of neglect from the Government. I’ve spoken to school staff who have to bring in stationery for their pupils and raise funds for basics like books.

“This can’t be right in one of the richest countries on Earth – and Sheffield is particularly hard hit. The message I keep hearing is that there’s nothing left to cut, and if the Government don’t listen, it’s our children who will suffer.”

Rob Kelsall, National Secretary (Organising & Campaigns) of NAHT, commented: “Schools across Sheffield are at breaking-point. Government cuts to school budgets have been unrelenting in the last few years and school leaders are saying that enough is enough.

“We are seeing a sharp rise in the number of pupils being taught in super-size classes, vital support for children with special needs being taken away, and some schools even having to close early and move to a four and half day week in order to make the books balance.

“131 out of 154 schools in Sheffield face funding cuts. The situation is untenable and we are calling on politicians on all sides to join with us and end this crisis right now.

“The children and young people of Sheffield and throughout Yorkshire are our future. They deserve a first class education service. Investment in our schools should never be seen as a burden on the taxpayer. Without the skills for the economy of tomorrow, how will the UK survive and prosper in a post-Brexit economy?”

The impact of the funding crisis on individual schools can be looked up on the School Cuts website.

       131 of 154 schools in Sheffield will face cuts. The city will see a £7.8million loss by 2020 – £118 per pupil. Average class sizes in Sheffield have already risen.

       93 of 112 schools in Doncaster will face cuts. The town will see a £6.1million loss by 2020 – £153 per pupil. Average class sizes in Doncaster have already risen.

       67 of 87 schools in Barnsley will face cuts. The town will see a £1million loss by 2020 – £34 per pupil. Average class sizes in Barnsley have already risen.

       101 of 103 schools in Rotherham will face cuts. The town will see a £10million loss by 2020 – £272 per pupil. Average class sizes in Rotherham have already risen.

       320 of 384 schools in Derbyshire will face cuts. The county will see a £12.6million loss by 2020 – £133 per pupil. Average class sizes in Derbyshire have already risen.

       285 of 321 schools in Nottinghamshire will face cuts. The county will see a £16.4million loss by 2020 – £158 per pupil. Average class sizes in Nottinghamshire have already risen.

       66 of 71 schools in North Lincolnshire will face cuts. The local authority will see a £4.2million loss by 2020 – £195 per pupil. 

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