David supports Stroud headteacher’s Downing Street protest
Over 1,000 headteachers plan to march to Downing Street on Friday 28 September in protest at the desperate state of school funding.
Thomas Keble School’s headteacher Julia Maunder will be among them. Stroud’s MP David Drew is also backing the headteachers’ protest.
Mr Drew said:
Headteachers face the reality of trying to make ends meet in our schools. They tell me that they are forced to make difficult decisions every day because of tight budgets. Subjects have been cut and staffing reduced. I am particularly concerned about the lack of proper funding for children with additional needs which means inclusive schools are taking a financial hit.
Ms Maunder said:
“Headteachers care desperately about providing a high quality education for all of their children, which is why we are marching on Friday.
“It is part of our role as headteachers to ensure sufficient funding to enable all our children to reach their potential and call for change when we do not have the resources necessary.
“To do otherwise would be an abdication of our responsibility to the community we serve.
“Having learned recently that Gloucestershire faces up to a £2 million shortfall in High Needs funding, leading to further squeezing of our budgets, it’s even more pertinent. Demand on budgets for special needs is growing and funding is standing still.”
The demonstration, organised by the Worth Less? campaign, wants to secure fair and sufficient funding for all schools, improved teacher supply and retention, and enhanced social mobility for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged students including properly funding support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities..
Mr Drew, Labour MP for Stroud, has raised the issue of school funding directly with the Prime Minister in July at Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament.
Since then he has also asked the Secretary of State for Education Nick Gibb, to look at changing the new funding formula to include additional educational needs funding, rather than forcing schools to use their core budget.