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Cllr. Liz Plant, Nadia Whittome and Lizzie Edgerton, Labour's West Bridgford candidates for the County Council elections in May are strongly against  the proposed changes to school funding recently announced by the Government and the detrimental effect the proposed changes will have on all West Bridgford schools.

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The Government is consulting on changes to the national funding formula for schools. At present there are wide variations in per pupil funding throughout the country for children from similar economic backgrounds and this is very unfair. The new national funding formula is designed to rectify this and ensure schools with similar cohorts of children receive the same funding. Historically, Nottinghamshire has received less funding per pupil in comparison to other counties. 

However, the Government’s new funding proposals hit ALL West Bridgford schools particularly hard, with secondary and primary schools facing proposed budget cuts of between 1.5 to 2.9%. Such proposals, if implemented, will have a devastating impact on the excellent standards of education offered in all our West Bridgford schools, resulting in staff reductions and bigger class sizes. 

Cllr. Liz Plant, vice- chair of the Children and Young People's Committee says, "Whilst we welcome that under the new national funding formula proposals some schools in Nottinghamshire and the country at large will receive higher funding it should not be at the expense of schools in West Bridgford. We want a fair national funding formula for ALL schools. The closing date for consultation on the national funding proposals is March 22nd. We urge members of the public, parents and governors of West Bridgford schools to sign our petition calling for a fair deal for West Bridgford schools, and to make their views known via the consultation link below." 

Labour West Bridgford County Council candidates against proposed school funding changes

Cllr. Liz Plant, Nadia Whittome and Lizzie Edgerton, Labour's West Bridgford candidates for the County Council elections in May are strongly against  the proposed changes to school funding recently announced...

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins questioned the Prime Minister on the new national schools funding formula after a local school serving a deprived area was told it would receive the biggest cuts in Derbyshire. The funding formula dictates that Spire Junior School will lose funding equating to £17,000 per annum.

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Spire Junior School serves an area of high deprivation, it is ranked 3rd in the list of Derbyshire schools by both deprivation indicator and Free School Meals, with 70% of pupils receiving Free School Meals.

This is the school where the Government launched their Pupil premium initiative. The pupil premium was supposed to give additional funding to publically funded schools, to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities, closing the gaps between them and their peers.

The Governments complicity in stripping the most deprived schools of funding is shameful.

Dave Shaw the Headteacher of Spire Junior School, was going to run the Great North Run, for a cancer charity, but Governments cuts mean that running for cash is the only alternative to sacking staff.

‘Running for cash is the only alternative to sacking staff’

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins questioned the Prime Minister on the new national schools funding formula after a local school serving a deprived area was told it would receive the biggest...

Today, Thursday 2nd February 2016 Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tom Watson, visited Corby on a fact-finding mission as part of his communities for culture taskforce which is looking at devolution in arts and culture.

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The taskforce is particularly interested in how local councils have managed to preserve provision and access to the arts despite swingeing budget cuts from central government.

New figures, produced Tom Watson’s team, have found that while local councils across England have on average cut their spending on Culture and Heritage by £483,000 since 2010/11, Corby Council have actually increased their Culture and Heritage spending in that same period by £146,000 – an increase of 22%.

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The Labour Borough Council have made arts, culture and leisure into a key part of the city’s regeneration and seen fantastic results and increased engagement.

Tom Watson, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said:

“It’s fantastic to come to Corby and see the results of the hard work of the council and local people to prioritise arts and culture.

“The Core theatre and experimental studio situated at the centre of civic life in the town is a brilliant platform for local talent and has really driven engagement in the arts.

“One of my priorities is to make sure culture is accessible to everyone across the country, particularly working class communities. The work Corby has done on this is a stellar example to other councils across the country.”

Corby Council bucks the trend as research shows decline in arts and culture spending across the country

Today, Thursday 2nd February 2016 Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tom Watson, visited Corby on a fact-finding mission as part of his...

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