Joan Ryan MP has met with primary school headteachers to discuss the school funding crisis in Enfield.
Today I met with primary school headteachers to discuss the funding crisis affecting schools across Enfield.
Schools in Enfield are doing a great job in very difficult circumstances, but cutting their budgets to the bone is unsustainable.
The latest analysis of the government’s education funding figures by London Councils has revealed schools in our Borough will need to make a further £13.5 million in savings - 5% or more of the total budget for each Enfield constituency - by 2018/19.
Ministers are planning to introduce a new National Funding Formula for schools, which would result in 70% of London schools receiving less money. These reductions come on top of the cuts identified by the government’s spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, which has reported that schools across the country face a £3 billion shortfall by 2020.
Schools are reporting increased class sizes, teacher and school staff vacancies being left unfilled and having to set budget deficits. Without additional resources this already desperate funding situation in schools will only get worse and education standards could be threatened.
I’m calling on the Chancellor - prior to the Budget in March - to invest in education and protect funding for children and young people in Enfield.