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School leaders gather to fight funding crisis in Yorkshire

Today (Friday 23 March) school leaders, teachers and governors from all over Yorkshire gather in Leeds for the Yorkshire Schools Summit 2018. Joined by MPs and parents, delegates will discuss academisation and the impact real-terms cuts to school funding is having on schools in Yorkshire.

Schools in Yorkshire are being hit hard by government underfunding. 1623 out of 1921 schools in Yorkshire and the Humber will face cuts (84%). This includes cuts to all schools in Wakefield and North East Lincolnshire, and all but 2 in Bradford. Across the 15 local authorities in the region, this is a collective loss of funding of £112,011,227 by 2020.

A national survey released by NAHT yesterday 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 Yorkshire Schools Summit 2018 takes place on Friday 23 March, 1-3pm, at Leeds Town Hall. Jon Trickett, MP for Hemsworth; Cllr Lisa Mulherin, Executive Board Member for Children and Families on Leeds City Council; and Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, will address the summit.

Paul Whiteman commented: “Government funding is not keeping pace with inflationary pressures resulting in real terms funding cuts. Schools are falling into debt. There is a real concern that this will soon have a negative impact on children and education. Class sizes have risen, and schools have already had to cut teaching staff, reduce extra support for children, and even shorten the school week.”

Jon Trickett MP will speak about the actions of Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) which announced last year that it was pulling-out as sponsor of 21 schools, after their assets had been transferred from the local authority to the Trust.

Cllr Mulherin will speak about the effect of funding cuts on Leeds schools, and we will hear from head teachers from local authorities across the region.

Judy Shaw, head teacher of Tuel Lane Infant School and NAHT incoming Vice-President, said: “The biggest cost for all schools is staff, especially teaching staff. Rising costs mean that schools cannot keep balancing their budgets without cutting staff.

“New NAHT data shows that more than a third (37%) of school leaders nationally have had to reduce the number or hours of teaching staff, and more than four fifths (86%) have reduced the numbers or hours of teaching assistants.

“This is a huge worry and means that not only is workload becoming unbearable for school staff, but children are losing out.”

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

•206 of 246 schools in Leeds will face cuts. The city will see a £11.4million loss by 2020 – £118 per pupil. Average class sizes in Leeds have already risen.

•30 of 57 schools in York will face cuts. The city will see a £1million loss by 2020 – £47 per pupil. Average class sizes in York have already risen.

•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.

•172 of 174 schools in Bradford will face cuts. The city will see a £23.5million loss by 2020 – £298 per pupil. Average class sizes in Bradford have already risen.

•199 of 295 schools in North Yorkshire will face cuts. The area will see a £5.3million loss by 2020 – £76 per pupil. Average class sizes in North Yorkshire have already risen.

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

•125 of 125 schools in Wakefield will face cuts. The city will see a £10.6million loss by 2020 – £241 per pupil. Average class sizes in Wakefield have already risen.

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

•155 of 160 schools in Kirklees will face cuts. The area will see a £15million loss by 2020 – £261 per pupil. Average class sizes in Kirklees have already risen.

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NAHT Head of Press and Media
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Rose Tremlett 
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