Schools in Liverpool have remained tight-lipped about figures released by teachers’ unions which warn of swinging budget cuts over the next four years.
Estimated figures published by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) show reductions across the City Region of nearly £28 million between now and 2020. Their calculations allow for the reallocation of school budgets according to a new national funding formula, and the decision not to increase funding per pupil in line with inflation.
Parents are being urged to visit the interactive website and search for how their child’s school will be affected by the estimated cuts in real terms. Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the ATL said: “We urge the government to increase the overall funding for schools. If it just reallocates the existing budget many children will lose out, with some of the most deprived children being hit hardest. It is ill-conceived to think the formula for schools’ funding can be reformed alongside real terms cuts to the overall schools’ budget.”
Across Liverpool this amounts to an average cut of £500 per pupil, or 744 teachers based on average national salary. Kevin Courtney, NUT general secretary said: “No head teacher should be put in the position of increasing class sizes, leaving building repairs undone, or cutting staff and resources simply to balance the books. Nor should any parent accept this for their child. We are one of the richest countries in the world. We can and we should be funding our schools properly.”
Managed Decline contacted several schools for a response, but none was willing to comment.
Some of the worse affected schools, according to the unions, include:
- The Academy of St Francis of Assissi, loss of £648,047. Or £784 per pupil.
- Bellerive FCJ Catholic College, loss of £633, 823. Or £847 per pupil.
- Kings Leadership Academy, loss of £560,440. Or £1,123 per pupil.
- Anfield Road Primary, loss of £315,712. Or £633 per pupil.
- Kensington Primary School, loss of £272, 867. Or £685 per pupil.
Visit www.schoolcuts.org.uk to search for schools in your area.