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Dursley schools to lose cash after government funding shake-up

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03 Feb 2017
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Dursley schools are set to lose out on cash after the government changes funding rules

“Local schools are already cash-strapped, so it’s extremely concerning that Tory government changes will make things even worse here,” said Steve Lydon, Labour County Councillor for Dursley. "In the Dursley division of the County Council several local schools will be losing desperately needed funding following government proposals to adjust the formula which calculates how schools are funded.” Steve added that this could well mean teachers and other staff losing their jobs, at a time when all schools are under increasing pressure to deliver the national curriculum. “It’s frustrating that Gloucestershire is set to gain £2.07million but in total the schools in Stroud District receive a funding a cut of £97,000,” he said.

Three of the schools in the Dursley county council area, Dursley Church of England Primary Academy will see its money cut by £30,000, a drop of 3 per cent (going down from £1,114,000 1,084,000 to £30,000.  Rednock School loses £74,000 with its money cut from £5,034,000 to £4,960,000 (1 per cent) and Leonard Stanley Church of England Primary School funds are cut by 2 per cent (£14,000), down from £744,000 to £730,000.

Steve added “Children only get one chance to get their education and we owe it to them to get it right. When we find that forty nine out of every 50 schools will see a real-term per pupil funding fall between now and 2020, we can see the lack of value put on education by the current Tory government. It’s shocking that the National Audit Office revealed last month that the average secondary academy is in the red by more than £350,000. Teacher morale is at an all time low; there is a national headteacher shortage and a teacher recruitment crisis. Not only will a whole generation of children lose out as a result of this short-sighted policy, but the economy will lose out it that generation cannot provide the educated workforce we will need.”

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