James with local campaigners against school cuts
James with local campaigners against school cuts


£2.8 billion has been cut from schools since 2015 and 91% of schools are set to lose out further under the Government’s new school funding plans.

Schools in Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom will face real terms cuts of £3.8 million by 2020 under the Government’s new ‘National Funding Formula’ – an average cut of over £300 per pupil.

Schools are already being forced to make very tough choices. Headteachers are telling me they’re going to have to reduce the number of staff and cut resources and extra-curricular activities.

See the results of my survey of local schools which shows the damaging impact of cuts on the education of our children

Read the letter 67 Bury headteachers sent to the Bury Times in April 2018

In February 2019, 7,000 headteachers wrote to millions of parents to explain the desperate situation their schools were facing.

A new investigation by the Guardian has exposed the scale of the crisis facing our schools.

Watch my speech to Parliament in March 2019 on the challenges our local schools are facing due to cuts

In July 2019 the Education Select Committee published a report on the crisis of school and college funding which recommended significant spending increases for our schools and colleges, including a £1.2 billion cash injection to address the deficit in high needs funding for SEND support, and a ten-year plan for education funding to allow our nurseries, schools and colleges to plan more effectively.

Read more about the Education Select Committee’s report on school and college funding

I’m also supporting the Save Bury Schools campaign, an independent, non-political group of parents and carers concerned about school cuts and campaigning to ensure our schools receive the money they need in this year’s Spending Review. We need to send a strong message to the Government that our children’s education must be protected.

Find out more and sign their petition at saveburyschools.com

Find out how much your school could be set to lose and how the figures have been calculated at schoolcuts.org.uk

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