The biggest challenge we face is the progressive reduction in funding for schools.
The government has focused on its National Funding Formula, but this is the tip of the iceberg. Schools are feeling the pinch now with ‘flat cash’ funding unable to keep up with spiralling costs – and this is before the new Funding Formula is introduced. It would be great to see you at the Carnival Against Cuts on July 16. Fair Funding For All Schools. The event is a parent-led campaign to ensure that schools across the nation are properly funded.
During the recent election cuts became a hot local issue in many areas of the country. In Sutton we held our own public meeting with Union Reps from the GMB and NUT and a local headteacher. Representatives of the Labour, Lib Dem, and Green parties attended and there was a good discussion of funding, cuts, testing and selection.
Locally, it has been a busy end to the year, with schools looking closely at budgets and staffing. Primaries continue to academise in Sutton, whilst the Local Authority has been reduced to a few officers in the Civic Centre commissioning services through the newly-formed Sutton Education Services.
With this picture of fragmentation, it lies with the Unions to provide a sense of coherence for teachers working in Sutton. The formation of the NEU from the ATL and the NUT is a major step forward in achieving this.