Headteachers write to more than 300,000 parents over school budgets at ‘breaking point’

Headteachers in the northeast of England have written to more than 300,000 parents over fears that their school budgets are at “breaking point”.  The Independent reports.

The letter – sent ahead of the end of the Christmas term – urges parents to write to their MPs and sign a parliamentary petition to increase school funding and to support their child’s future. 

There is a “crisis” in funding for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and maintained nursery schools face “a cliff-edge” amid funding cuts, the letter warns. 

The letter suggests that average funding will be down by £189,776 per northeast secondary school in 2019/20 compared with 2015/16.

It says: “With increased pressures on school budgets and cuts to services that support our most vulnerable young people and their families, it is make-or-break time for our schools.”

The letter, supported by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), adds that funding in the northeast will be cut on average by £30,904 per primary school in 2019/20 compared with 2015/16.

It is the first time a parent-focused campaign has been run over such a large area, the NAHT says. It comes after the chancellor Philip Hammond faced backlash from teachers after he said in the Budget a one-off £400m bonus would help schools “buy the little extras they need”.

The petition, stated in Gateshead, has already received more than 28,000 signatures. 

Peter King, headteacher at the Federation of Mowden Schools in Darlington, said: “Westminster just won’t acknowledge how difficult the funding issue is here in the northeast. 

“School leaders have previously tried to shield parents from the difficulties but because the situation is not sustainable, we now need parents to be fully aware.” 

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