Leaked email raises fears of huge cuts to Welsh schools

Teaching jobs are at risk and children’s education will suffer as schools across Wales face a massive funding gap of at least £57m, a leaked email to First Minister Carwyn Jones warns. Wales Online reports.

The email from Huw David, leader of Bridgend Council, which has been seen by WalesOnline, was also copied into to Minister for Children Huw Irranca-Davies and Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council and Leader of Welsh Local government Association.

Cllr David’s email sent to the First Minister on October 8, warns: “The point all Labour Council leaders made in a letter to Mark Drakeford last week is that in very stark terms that the scale of these unfunded pressures means jobs loses (SIC).

“The £57m gap equates to a loss of 1,300 teachers or 2,400 teaching assistants and realistically will be a combination of both.

“At a meeting of education directors on Friday it seems many authorities will set flat cash budgets for schools (reflecting councils’ flat cash budgets) and will expect schools to absorb the pressures.”

“I also know how passionate and committed you are to improving educational outcomes for all children, but the reality of last week’s budget is that schools budgets will be cut unless major changes are made to the Welsh budget.

“As it stands one of the certain outcomes of the budget will be the impact on educational outcomes for children in Wales. There is opportunity to change that.”

Mr Steve Thomas, Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) said, “I don’t think this threatens Wales’ new National Curriculum but what it could threaten is the capacity to deliver it. If money is not invested in schools we could end up losing teachers.”

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