On 29th March local MP David Burrowes spoke out in defence of local schools who are concerned that they will face cuts as a result of cost pressures not being covered by the new National Funding Formula for schools (NFF).
Under the NFF schools in Enfield will get a £5 million cash increase but it is estimated cost pressures such as national insurance, pensions, apprenticeship levy and national living wage could mean cuts to school budgets of £13.5 million.
Mr Burrowes, who shares the concerns of schools has been meeting with local groups, teachers and parents. He led a delegation of MPs from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey to meet with both the Schools Minister and the Education Secretary, in an effort to get a better deal for local schools.
Mr Burrowes said in the Commons debate on schools funding in London “we need to recognise that eventually it has to mean adequate provision, proper provision, for additional costs. I will defend the principle [of the NFF], but I will not defend the reality of the cuts that will come through for the budgets of my local schools. I will not tolerate it because it will impact particularly on disadvantaged pupils”.
Mr Burrowes continued “When we get to the Autumn Budget, I will want to see a bigger pot so that we can help schools in other areas and ensure that there is fairer funding, and ensure that London continues to be the success that it deserves to be and is not a victim of its success”.
The Schools Minister said “Our proposals will target money towards pupils who face the greatest barriers to a successful education. In particular, our proposals will boost the support for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and for those who live in areas of deprivation but who are not eligible for free school meals—those ordinary working families who are too often overlooked. We are also putting more money towards supporting those pupils in both primary and secondary schools who have fallen behind in their education to ensure that they have the support they need to catch up”.