Our MP, Helen Hayes, along with Cllr Peter John, Harriet Harman MP and Neil Coyle MP, recently met the Schools Minister, Nick Gibb MP to make the case against the cuts to funding for our local schools.for our local schools.
Below Are the thoughts of our MP, Helen Hayes, and a link to the letter she has sent to the Secretary of State for Education.
Over the past 20 years, the quality of education in London has been transformed. Almost all of the schools in Dulwich and West Norwood are good or outstanding. As a parent of primary aged children in a local school I see every week how our local teachers and support staff deliver a brilliant education in an area where there are high levels of deprivation, high numbers of children with English as an Additional Language and special educational needs.
The government is putting our excellent local schools at risk, with a change in the funding formula which will see money taken away from our local schools to give to schools in other parts of the country. I am campaigning along with local parents and teachers and Lambeth and Southwark Labour councillors against this change.
Council Leader, Lib Peck, Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich & West Norwood and Councillor Claire Holland, Deputy Cabinet member for Children & Schools recently all spoke at a public forum with the Fair Funding for All Schools campaign alongside the NUT, teachers, parents and students plus other speakers to support the national parent-led campaign that opposes the governments cuts to school funding.
The meeting was held on Wednesday 15 March at a local Lambeth school and was attended by over 250 people. The concern of parents and teachers was clear in the passion of those present.
We are rightly proud of our Lambeth schools. Ofsted’s annual report states that, despite high levels of disadvantage, Lambeth has “nothing but good and outstanding secondary schools” . In fact, the most recent figures tell us that 96% of our schools are good or better and 40% are outstanding. That ranks us in the top 15 of 152 local authorities.
Lambeth Labour are calling on the government to invest more funding in schools, and in particular to provide an additional £335m per year (1% of the DfE’s schools budget) to ensure no school loses funding as a direct result of the implementation of the National Funding Formula.
We are working with London Councils and we will be providing a full and robust technical response to the consultation on the National Funding Formula which ends on 22 March 2017.