Parents and MPs sent warning on school cuts

The BBC reports the parents of about half a million pupils in England are being sent a letter on Thursday warning of cuts to schools because of funding shortages.

The heads of almost every school in Essex, West Sussex, East Sussex and Cornwall have written a joint letter warning of budgets at “breaking point”.

They say it will mean staff cuts, bigger class sizes and fewer support services, such as for mental health.

The letter, sent to MPs and parents, from the heads of more than a thousand schools, accuses the Department for Education of being “entirely irresponsible” over school finances.

The joint letter from heads says they are no closer to any “meaningful proposals” to address the “school funding crisis”.

The letter calls on MPs to vote to ensure that all schools have an adequate level of funding and that spending plans are “credible”.

The Department for Education says school funding is higher than ever before – more than £40bn for 2016-17 and rising with extra pupil numbers to £42bn next year.

“We are going to end the historic post code lottery in school funding and under the proposed national schools funding formula, more than half of England’s schools will receive a cash boost,” said a Department for Education spokeswoman.

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