School leaders and MPs meet in Crewe to discuss "funding crisis"

Cheshire and Halton MPs will join school leaders today to talk about the impact of real-terms cuts to education funding in the region.

Over 50 school leaders, teachers, and governors from across Cheshire will meet in Crewe for the National Association of Head Teachers Cheshire Education Summit 2019. MPs from the area along with parents and other delegates will also be present.

They will all be sharing their concerns that the county's schools are being hit hard by under-funding.

Across the region the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) says that 319 out of 332 schools will face cuts; and that the collective loss to budgets will be almost £30 million by 2020 compared to 2016.

The NAHT says a recent survey it conducted shows that 65% of school teachers 'strongly agree' that cut backs have already had a negative impact on the performance of their school; and only 8% of teachers said that they did not foresee a year where they would have an untenable deficit.

The organisation is particularly concerned by the crisis in funding for children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

MP for Crewe and Nantwich Laura Smith and MP for Weaver Vale Mike Amesbury will address attendees along with Councillor Nicole Meardon from Cheshire West and Chester Council and Rob Kelsall the NAHT's National Secretary. 

They will also be joined by Professor Rachel Lofthouse of Leeds Beckett University, Simon Heath, Head of East Whitby Academy, and Sabrina Hobbs, Principal at Severndale Specialist Academy in Shrewsbury.

Simon Kidwell, Head Teacher at Hartford Manor Primary School and Nursery, speaking ahead of the summit, said: "Reductions in real term funding are hurting our schools and it is our most vulnerable pupils who are most at risk.

"Education should be viewed as an investment in our future and the current funding arrangements are failing a generation of young people.

"By working together with parents, school governors and elected representatives we have an opportunity to make our collective voice heard."


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