11:00AM, Thursday 10 November 2016
Schools across the town remained tight-lipped about figures released by teaching unions claiming they faced significant budget cuts in the next four years.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) published figures on Friday estimating schools in the Royal Borough stand to lose out by a total of more than £3.5 million from their budgets between now and 2020.
Calculations include the reallocation of school budgets according to a new national funding formula, and the decision not to increase funding per pupil in line with inflation.
Parents are urged to visit the interactive website and search for how their child's school will be affected by the estimated reduction in real terms.
Mary Bousted, ATL general secretary, said: “We urge the government to increase the overall funding for schools. If it just reallocates the existing budget many children will lose out, with some of the most deprived children being hit hardest. It is ill-conceived to think the formula for schools’ funding can be reformed alongside real terms cuts to the overall schools’ budget.”
Across the borough this amounts to an average loss of £195 per pupil, or 95 teachers based on the national average salary.
NUT general secretary Kevin Courtney said: “No head teacher should be put in the position of increasing class sizes, leaving building repairs undone or cutting staff and resources simply to balance the books. Nor should any parent accept this for their child. We are one of the richest countries in the world. We can and we should be funding our schools properly.”
The Advertiser contacted several schools across the borough for a response to the figures, but none were willing to comment.
Some of the worst affected schools, according to the unions, include:
Visit www.schoolcuts.org.uk to search for schools in your area.