12th February 2019
School funding – Sound School faces a decrease of £5,200 in its Budget next year.
For a number of years, the funding of schools has been discussed by politicians, education professionals, school governors and parents. This discussion continues as 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.
Cheshire East remains one of the lowest funded authorities nationally and the current national funding formula does not address the significant variations in funding schools receive across the country as a result of the protection of schools that are better funded.
For example, Sound School is to see a real reduction in its budget for 2019-2020 of more than £5,000 (1%) despite there being an increase in the number of pupils (for the purposes of budget calculation) of 5%.
If you agree that funding for education in Cheshire East should be increased or are concerned about the level of funding for our children, I would ask you, your family and friends to give consideration to signing the petition. It will take less than one minute to complete. You will need an email address and include your name and postcode. On submitting your signature, you will receive a verification email – so check your junk mail
The petition can be found by following this link: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/232220
F40 believes the current funding shortfall in schools is £2bn pa. F40 represents a group of the lowest funded education authorities (including Cheshire East) in England where government-set cash allocations for primary and secondary pupils are the lowest in the country.
A petition calling for the government to Increase funding for schools has been created on the Parliament.gov website by a head teacher from the North East of England, if the number of signatures reaches 100,000 it will be discussed in Parliament.
All Cabinet Members, and Senior Officers of Cheshire East Council have signed it including the Chief Executive, Executive Director for People and the Director of Education.
Cheshire East Council are committed to support the campaign, but it is the voice of schools and families that will have the greatest impact.
Chair of Governing Board