At this election, political parties are reporting one question is coming up more than any other on the doorstep; why is every school in Mansfield and Warsop facing cuts when other areas down south aren’t?
Local schools and education are fast becoming a major dividing line in this election, with new figures released recently show that every single school in Mansfield and Warsop is due to face per pupil cuts under the Conservative Party Government’s new school funding formula.
Local parents are concerned about the impact these cuts will have on pupils education in Mansfield and Warsop, especially in light of the planned loss of almost 150 teachers across Mansfield and Warsop.
Alan Meale, Labour’s candidate in the General Election, said;
“We cannot afford these planned cuts which will dramatically affect the ability of our local schools to invest in the future of our local young people. As your local MP, I will always oppose cuts that affect our local pupils and put our schools at the centre of everything I do to stand up for our area.”
Alan Meale is the only candidate at this election who has pledged to fight schools cuts, with the Conservative and LibDem candidates refusing to respond to requests from teachers and education campaigners (see www.schoolcuts.org.uk).
Figures in full can be found at www.schoolcuts.org.uk
See attached picture of Alan Meale campaigning for young people.
- Queen Elizabeth's Academy in Mansfield is set to lose £960 per pupil, and up to 11 teachers.
Meden School in Warsop is set to lose £626 per pupil and up to 11 teachers.
The Manor Academy in Mansfield Woodhouse is set to lose £253 per pupil and up to 6 teachers.