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.
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."