Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has said continued cuts to school funding in her constituency and across England are “deeply unfair”, saying the Conservatives must “face up to reality”.
Analysis by the School Cuts coalition of unions (NEU, NAHT, ASCL, UNISON, GMB and Unite) found that 80% of schools in Moran’s constituency will face a funding shortfall in 2020/21.
An example of the local situation is Fitzharrys School, whose funding has been cut by an average of £492 per pupil since 2015. This is above average and equivalent to the salaries of 4 teachers.
In a debate on the Queen’s Speech in the House of Commons earlier this month, Layla said: “Schools need the money now, not later. As a result of not providing that money, the Government are failing our children.”
The analysis shows that 83% of schools in England as a whole will be worse off in the next academic year than they were in 2015.
Commenting, Moran said:
“This analysis shows that this Government’s promise of more money was more an election publicity stunt than the real help schools need now.
“Children, parents, teachers and others have all been let down. How can Gavin Williamson possibly say they’re levelling up schools funding?
“But this lack of funding is partnered with a deeply unfair distribution of money - schools with the most deprived intakes are facing shortfalls hundreds of pounds higher than those with the least deprived intakes.
“I and the Liberal Democrat’s demand better than this sorry state of affairs. We would let our teachers get on with their jobs, rather than make them have to penny-pinch to buy the basics.
“We would invest in the most disadvantaged children and give councils the first £6,000 of any EHCP, so that schools are not penalised for taking the children that they want.”