Schools warn progress could be lost unless 17m extra funding is found

The Witney Gazette is reporting that a ‘black hole’ in finances could see Oxfordshire schools cutting finances and staff in 2020.

The Oxford Academy’s headteacher Niall McWilliams said the school’s amazing improvement in the past four years is at risk unless the Government finds more money for education in Oxfordshire.

It comes as the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) produced a report that suggested schools in the county could be £17.5m worse off compared to their current yearly budget – in real terms within four years – the equivalent of £217 per pupil.

The unions said schools in poorer areas would be the worst hit as they often have higher costs due to needing to provide more services for pupils.

The Department for Education accused both unions of ‘irresponsible scaremongering’ but Mr McWilliams said the figures did not appear to be inaccurate.

Mr McWilliams said: “The progress we have made could be lost unless the Government supports us with funding.

“If we cannot maintain staffing levels it will be very difficult for us to improve.”

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