New analysis by the National Education Union (NEU) reveals that the Government’s cash settlement for 2020 means all 130 schools in Wakefield will have less funding in real terms in 2020 than in 2015.
Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has condemned the Government’s financial allocation for 2020/21, which leaves Wakefield’s schools with almost £400 less per pupil for their 46,000 pupils than in 2015. Wakefield schools have suffered a real terms total cut of over £69m between 2015 and 2020.
The NEU’s analysis, based on the Government’s recently released National Funding Formula for England, found the largest cuts fell on schools with the most deprived children. Secondary schools with less than 5% of children on free school meals will have cuts of £33 per pupil compared to 2015, whereas schools serving the most deprived pupils lose £427 per pupil.
Mary Creagh MP said,
“Every child should get the best start in life with an excellent education. But the Government has not reversed its austerity cuts, let alone increased funding for our hard-pressed schools and improved conditions for pupils.
“Cutting school budgets means cutting children’s life chances, and Wakefield has endured some of the worst cuts in England. We must restore schools’ cash to where it was before the Conservatives’ cuts, and in line with inflation.
“Only a Labour government will fully reverse the Tories’ cuts and give our schools the funding they need. Labour will support and invest in education and training from cradle to grave with a National Education Service to ensure that everyone in Wakefield has the best education.”
Find how the cuts have affected your local school here.