By Alice and Jess
As a small, state-funded school in East Yorkshire, we noticed that funding levels have dramatically fallen in our area. The inflation of school product retail has resulted in local schools thoroughly struggling to provide adequate resources for pupils at both Secondary and Primary schools. The average funding is not increasing and the economy is failing, which means that children are not getting suitable education threatening the future of the next generation.
For instance, 40% of small rural schools are set to lose funding under the new formula, therefore extra curriculum subject such as science and football could be lost forever, resulting in lack of social skills as well as further development in an educational area. The government are in deep demand to try and overlook the decision on the budget for children’s educational needs although every school gets a different designated budget to cover the desired needs of the individual pupils within that environment. We asked the head teacher of our school what he thought about the situation and what can be done to help not only our school, but many other schools across Great Britain.
“What we have set up nationally is a system called the ‘National Funding formula’ which tells you how much money schools get per student. Each school gets a different amount of money which means that some schools get up to 15,000 pounds per student more than our school does, which to me is unfair. I understand that some areas have more needs which mean that they get more money but you get that funding through Pupil Premium Funding. As it stands at the minute, we are the lowest funded authority in the whole country which means that I get less per student than any other authority, and I don’t think that that is fair. I know certainly that parents and governors, and everyone involved in the school would like that to be fixed. What the government can do is make the funding farer is that we can get more funding comparable with schools in the rest of the country.
“The funding restrictions have affected us massively. Our budget has stayed the same, but the amount and cost of things that you have to buy with that money have increased. Food has become more expensive as a wild variety of things have happened. Our budget is getting smaller and smaller as prices for the necessities have increased, such as school buses and ICT Facilities. It also means that we had to reduce staffing significantly, meaning that class sizes have raised and new online courses mean that we are struggling to get the training required and we need to get resources for those courses. The school building needs repairs but we cannot afford to fix it.”
The government state on their website that they are “therefore committed to making school funding fairer, to maintaining the amount of money that follows children into schools and to confirming the extra £390 million fairer funding uplift from 2015 to 2016 in budgets for 2016 to 2017 and beyond because this will help every child, everywhere, to have the best possible chance to reach their potential”. This was a quote from their website. We think that this statement should have a positive impact if they do because then it is giving each student a fair and equal chance.
In conclusion the budgeting system is at a low and is threatening our society for the future .What will the future hold?
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