Following his meeting with four Cotswold secondary schools on 6 March to discuss the impact of the Government’s proposed new national funding formula, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown – Member of Parliament for The Cotswolds – visited Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy last week.
Mr Clifton-Brown has been campaigning for a fairer funding formula that does not disadvantage rural authorities for over 10 years and will be leading a delegation of MPs to meet with the Prime Minister later this week to further raise these concerns.
During his visit, the MP heard of the impact that these proposed funding cuts will have on the school – a 2.3 per cent reduction in funding. Head Teacher John ap Robert Jones and Chair of Governors Prof. Alan Gibbons explained that having to cut their budget would inevitably mean a cut in teacher and teaching assistant numbers. They emphasised that the Cotswolds has made great strides in the last few years in upgrading its Ofsted assessments to good and outstanding.
Commenting on his visit the MP said:
‘I have had numerous meetings with the Schools Minister and Secretary of State over the inherent unfairness of the draft consultation proposed for the new national funding formula. Ministers are simply not listening to those of us whose schools are being disadvantaged by these proposals; that is why I am leading a delegation of MPs to meet with the Prime Minister and I have made it clear that I will not vote for this new formula unless it is radically changed’.
Mr Clifton-Brown also reiterated the importance for all parents, teachers and governors who are affected by the proposed new funding formula to contribute to the Department for Education’s consultation by 22 March 2017 here: https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula2/
Photo: John ap Robert Jones, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Prof. Alan Gibbons with pupils
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