Sarah is committed to fighting the scandal of £20m funding cuts to Croydon schools by 2020. Read on to find out how much your local school will be cut under Gavin Barwell and the Conservatives:
Source: National Union of Teachers, based on data from the Department for Education
UPDATE: June 2017
Over the past few weeks I have been accused of lying about schools cuts by Conservatives desperate to distract attention from the true impact of their policies. I can guarantee you that these cuts are very real. They have been confirmed, not by Labour, but by respected bodies like the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the National Audit Office.
There are two issues used by the Conservatives to try and distract from their damaging schools cuts. Firstly, the impact of the Conservatives' National Funding Formula, and secondly whether the manifesto commitments will have any impact on schools cuts projections.
On the National Funding Formula, my Conservative opponent used his Parliamentary email database to send an email to constituents claiming that some local schools would see as much as 10% funding increase. Not only is this utterly incorrect, but it also completely misses our point.
Firstly, the figures my opponent uses are indicative figures which will not apply to our schools in reality. If the National Funding Formula was implemented overnight these would be correct, but the Conservatives are instead proceeding with a punitive 'transitional' period in which school budgets will be squeezed hard. This is where the Conservatives miss the point. The National Funding Formula will on average raise funding by 1.7% in its first year if applied. That increase is not nearly enough to cover the increases in costs schools will face due to rising pupil numbers, inflation and the cutting of the £615m education services grant.
This will lead to schools having less money to spend per pupil. It will lead to a real-terms cut to school budgets.
The second point relates to party manifestos. Following Theresa May's 'lunch-snatcher' policy, the Tories have committed to putting in an extra £4bn into the schools budget over the next Parliament. They claim this will shield the budget from inflation and prevent any cuts. Yet again they are wrong. The respected Institute for Fiscal Studies has done a detailed analysis of the Tory manifesto commitments on school spending and has concluded that they will still be cutting an average of 7% from our children's education. I quote:
The Conservatives have committed to “increase the overall schools budget by £4 billion by 2022”. Once you strip out inflation, this equates to a real-terms increase in the schools budget of around £1 billion compared with the level in 2017–18. Taking account of forecast growth in pupil numbers this equates to a real-terms cut in spending per pupil of 2.8% between 2017–18 and 2021–22. Adding this to past cuts makes for a total real-terms cut to per-pupil spending of around 7% over the six years between 2015–16 and 2021–22.
Moreover, the manifesto commitment made by the Conservatives will only change things for six schools in Croydon. The commitment stops any schools budgets from being cut in cash terms (only 6 schools in Croydon Central were due to see this) the remaining schools, who were due to see minuscule increases, will stay at that level. Therefore, the points below regarding inflation and rising pupil numbers still apply. Our schools will still see multimillion pound cuts, likely to still be close to £20m across the borough.
Labour have committed to raising the schools budget so that schools will be better off even when all the increases in cost pressures are taken into account. This is a major commitment of £30bn, £6bn per year, because our children are our future and we must invest in them.
Original post: May 2017
Research from the respected National Audit Office has found that schools in England face at least £3bn worth of cuts* to funding by 2020 under the Conservatives. Schools in Croydon Central are set to be hit hard, with research from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) finding that a total of £6.5m will be slashed from education budgets. Across the wider Croydon borough, schools are set to see £20m of cuts.**
Gavin Barwell made clear promises to protect schools in 2015, including:
“An even larger share of the cake for Croydon schools”
“Secure funding from the Government to help Croydon Council provide sufficient school places”
In reality, under Barwell Croydon Central schools will see an average cut of £200,000 each. The largest funding cut in the constituency will be seen at Oasis Academy Shirley Park: totalling over £569,000 - equivalent to sacking 15 teachers. New Addington will be hit hardest - the largest per-pupil cut will see Applegarth Academy lose £811 per pupil.
"If elected, I will fight cuts to all local services, particularly the growing scandal of cuts to our schools. The Conservatives have betrayed our families and young people - they claim to be increasing the overall pot of schools funding but in reality, funding will not keep pace with rising pupil numbers or inflation.
"Schools will need to make 8% cuts to budgets, meaning larger classes, greater pressure on teaching staff and ultimately a poorer education for our children. Many schools have resorted to asking for donations from parents, putting even more pressure on the incomes of hardworking families.
“Gavin Barwell says one thing to Croydon voters and another in Westminster. Gavin Barwell promised to stand up for Croydon’s schools, the NHS and other local services. In reality, he has gone to Westminster and voted to slash millions of pounds of local funding.”
Full list of proposed cuts to Croydon schools under Gavin Barwell:
|School||Total budget cuts by 2020||Cuts per Pupil||Equivalent teachers lost per school|
|Archbishop Tenison’s CofE High School||-£148,099.00||-£270.00||-4|
|Ark Oval Primary Academy||-£212,285.00||-£422.00||-6|
|Castle Hill Academy||-£256,734.00||-£605.00||-7|
|Coloma Convent Girls’ School||-£194,349.00||-£256.00||-5|
|Courtwood Primary School||-£81,533.00||-£379.00||-3|
|Davidson Primary Academy||-£122,881.00||-£279.00||-4|
|Edenham High School||-£279,879.00||-£276.00||-7|
|Fairchildes Primary School||-£301,636.00||-£653.00||-8|
|Forestdale Primary School||-£155,491.00||-£487.00||-5|
|Gilbert Scott Primary School||-£154,085.00||-£774.00||-4|
|Good Shepard Catholic Primary and Nursery School||-£124,046.00||-£614.00||-3|
|Harris Primary Academy Benson||-£211,603.00||-£538.00||-6|
|John Ruskin College||-£328,267.00||-£455.00||-8|
|Meridian High School||-£208,298.00||-£361.00||-5|
|Monks Orchard School||-£205,118.00||-£393.00||-5|
|Oasis Academy Ryelands||-£183,935.00||-£497.00||-6|
|Oasis Academy Shirley Park||-£569,285.00||-£397.00||-15|
|Orchard Way Primary School||-£96,158.00||-£456.00||-2|
|Park Hill Infant School||-£116,630.00||-£444.00||-3|
|Park Hill Junior School||-£112,941.00||-£323.00||-3|
|Rowdown Primary School||-£94,129.00||-£293.00||-2|
|Shirley High School Performing Arts College||-£277,149.00||-£319.00||-7|
|St Mary’s Catholic High School||-£233,045.00||-£393.00||-6|
|St. John’s CofE Primary School||-£103,634.00||-£425.00||-3|
|St. Mark’s Church of England Primary Academy||-£75,833.00||-£436.00||-2|
|St. Mary’s Catholic Infant School||-£68,412.00||-£398.00||-2|
|St. Mary’s Catholic Junior School||-£65,226.00||-£279.00||-2|
|St. Thomas Becket Catholic Primary School||-£178,066.00||-£406.00||-5|
|The Quest Academy||-£140,712.00||-£258.00||-3|
|The South Norwood Academy||-£153,926.00||-£316.00||-4|
|The Woodside Academy||-£224,305.00||-£278.00||-6|
|Wolsey Infant School||-£137,291.00||-£505.00||-4|
|Wolsey Junior Academy||-£190,707.00||-£514.00||-5|
1. The proposed 1.5% increase in baseline schools funding under the National Funding Formula will be reversed by the Tories’ cash freeze to per pupil funding, exposing schools to estimated 8.7% of inflation up to 2020, and the abolition of the £615m Education Services Grant used by local authorities and academies to provide education services. Independent analysis from the NUT has calculated this would lead to a real terms decrease in funding for Croydon Central schools amounting to £6,536,000. More information and methodology can be found at https://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/method
2. Financial sustainability of schools’, National Audit Office, 13th December 2016 pp.4-8: ‘8.0% real-terms reduction in per-pupil funding for mainstream schools between 2014-15 and 2019-20 due to cost pressures...£3.0bn savings mainstream schools need to make by 2019-20 to counteract cost pressures’
3. ’School funding: Shorter school week should be considered, say head teachers’, BBC News, 30th April 2017