School Funding Concerns
We wrote to parents and carers last month to explain the grave concerns that we have over future funding proposals for our schools and others in Cornwall. Thank you to those of you that have contacted our MP, and to others that have signed the petition.
Across England there are similar concerns being expressed by headteachers, governors and parents. Parents and heads in Cheshire have been demonstrating, and heads and governors from across the country including Barnsley, London, the South East, East Devon and Cornwall have been on national and local news broadcasts.
Since I last wrote to you, headteachers from Essex, East Sussex and West Sussex have joined voices in pressing these concerns to MPs. The budget pressures that Cornwall’s schools are already facing is difficult; on Sunday 5th, over 27,000 tweets meant that #whatwouldyoucut was trending on Twitter as headteachers and governors in England posted photographs of things that face being cut if the proposed funding plans come into place.
I really am extremely concerned about the impact of the proposed National Funding Formula due to come into effect in April 2018. I would urge you to spread the word on this issue; the more people raising concerns by writing to their MPs, adding their name to the petition or through other channels, the more likely it is that we will achieve a change of direction.