Schools funding meeting

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19 April 2017 5:03PM

A public meeting is being held in Egremont next month to discuss a funding crisis in schools.

It is being organised by the National Association of Head Teachers which is campaigning for the government to take urgent action on school funding.

It follows news that the government will be cutting its education budget by an estimated £3billion by 2020.

The meeting will be held at West Lakes Academy on May 4, from 6.30pm. It is free and open to school leaders, governors and parents.

This will be the third meeting held in Cumbria about the cuts to education funding. It is part of a series of national meetings to discuss issues.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT, said: “School budgets are being pushed beyond breaking point. The government’s £3 billion real terms cut to education funding must be reversed or we will see education and care suffer.

“Already heads are being forced to cut staff, cut the curriculum and cut specialist support. A new funding formula is the right thing to do, but it cannot be truly fair unless there is enough money to go round in the first place.”

The NAHT is encouraging people to write to Copeland MP Trudy Harrison to say how their school budgets are being squeezed. People can sign an online petition at www.schoolcuts.org.uk

And Twitter users can tweet @NAHTnews using #SchoolCuts hashtag.

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