Joan Ryan MP has urged the Government to revise its school funding proposals, which fail to address the financial pressures facing Enfield's schools.
Read my submission to the Secretary of State for Education here.
Supporting our local schools and better opportunities for Enfield’s young people is one of my key priorities.
It is clear from the series of meetings I have held with headteachers and staff from schools in Enfield North and from the representations I have received from concerned parents that our community is facing a difficult and damaging funding settlement.
In my submission to the government’s consultations on the National Funding Formula (NFF) and high needs funding formula, I urged the Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon Justine Greening, to revise the current proposals. School funding across the board must be levelled up, not down. The NFF and high needs funding formula must recognise and address the financial pressures that schools in Enfield North are currently facing.
In addition, I recently met with the Minister for School Standards, Rt. Hon Nick Gibb MP, to make representations and raise our concerns about the effect of the government’s proposals on schools in Enfield.
As I am sure you are aware, schools in Enfield, and across the UK, are facing a number of budgetary pressures already - from significant increases in employer National Insurance and pension contributions to unfunded pay rises for staff, and from cuts to local government services to a growing number of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – which are not even addressed by the NFF.
Even after accounting for the impact of the government’s NFF proposals, a significant number of mainstream and special educational needs (SEN) schools in Enfield North, and across the borough, will be put into a position that is financially unsustainable and could seriously compromise education standards.
Despite management of all unavoidable cost pressures through careful planning and effective use of resources, many schools are being forced to make a number of difficult decisions, such as cutting their numbers of teachers, teaching assistants and support staff, increasing class sizes and reducing investment in teaching equipment and continuous personal development (CPD). All of these issues are having a disproportionate effect on pupils, especially those with the highest educational needs.
This situation is unacceptable and I will continue to campaign for schools in Enfield to be given a fair deal.
If you have any concerns about education funding or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Joan Ryan MP's submission to the Secretary of State for Education is below.