Greenwich Council

Decision details

Motion - "School Funding Cuts"

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decision:

Resolved –

 

1.  This Council notes that as a result of the ongoing government cuts, Greenwich’s schools:

a. Will have lost an aggregate £33.6 million in overall funding between 2015-2020, equating to a loss of on average £367 per pupil.

b. Must bear the brunt of unfunded National Insurance increases.

c. Will suffer inadequate High Needs Block Funding, leaving our must vulnerable pupils without the support they need.

 

2.  Council further notes:

a. That despite the imposed Government cuts, our hardworking teachers, support staff, students and parents are doing their best to maintain our high standards.

b. That 94% of Greenwich’s schools have been rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

d. The Chancellor’s Budget announcement for £400 million for schools to spend on ‘little extras’ was a drop in the ocean compared to the £2.5 billion that has been cut since 2015. Furthermore the £400 million is a one off payment so does not deal with the long term funding crisis in schools.

e.  That free standing nurseries, which are the golden bullet for social mobility, will lose their transitional level funding after this financial year meaning most could face closure.

 

3.  Council resolves to call on Cabinet:

a. To join other councils and Greenwich’s MPs in opposing the government’s ongoing cuts to school budgets and call for more funding to be invested in education.

b. To call on the government to fully fund the pay increase for teachers that is independently recommended by the School Teachers' Review Body.

c. To support the coalition of trade unions campaigning against school cuts.

d. Support the calls of the All-Party Parliamentary group on nurseries for an extension of the level funding for maintained nursery schools for 2020/21 and beyond.

Publication date: 05/04/2019

Date of decision: 27/03/2019

Decided at meeting: 27/03/2019 - Council

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