Local Lib Dem Councillor Simon Werner has condemned the proposals for the new leisure centre as lacking in ambition. He says, “It is obviously fantastic that we are getting a new updated leisure centre. The old one is 42 years old so it does need significant renewing.” “I am however disappointed by the lack of […]
Local Liberal Democrats are increasing worried about education in the Borough.
Recent research has shown that without the Government changing their minds about school funding, Borough Schools will be considerably worse off.
Figures show that without changes to funding, schools in the borough will lose £3.5 million – that is the equivalent of losing £195 per pupil or 95 teachers!
Local Lib Dem Councillor Simon Werner says, “Schools are already struggling financially. Class sizes are rising, curriculum choices are being cut, pupils with special needs are losing vital support and school staff are losing their jobs.”
“In Pinkneys Green these cuts mean Alwyn could lose 2 teachers, Courthouse and All Saints – a Teaching assistant each, Furze Platt Juniors – 2 teaching assistants and Furze Platt Senior School – 2 teachers.”
The figures are based on the estimated reduction in the school’s annual budget by 2020 in real terms, under current Government policies. These include plans to reallocate school budgets according to a new national funding formula, and not increasing funding per pupil in line with inflation and have been worked out by the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.