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    This week: Funding Cuts, Inset Day.

     

     

    Camden Schools Face Yet More Funding Cuts

     

    All schools in Camden, including Camden School for Girls, face yet more cuts to their funding as a result of the government's Fair Funding Formula, which is due to take effect from 2018. As you will be aware, schools have lost 13% of their spending power since 2011 - 2012. We have already had to make staff redundant, increase class sizes and contact time and cut courses in order to balance the books.

    All other Camden schools are facing the same problems as the government plans to reduce the funding of boroughs that have historically received appropriate amounts of money for the complex needs of diverse, inner city state schools with multiple causes of deprivation and educational disadvantage.

    We need to put our students first and make sure London schools continue to receive proper funding that reflects the challenges faced by London children.

     

    Please sign the petition in the link below, provided by local parent Philippa Langdale, who has contacted us and asked for support.

     

    Ms Langdale’s letter is below:

    https://www.change.org/p/rt-hon-justine-greening-mp-fair-funding-for-all-schools
    http://www.fairfundingforallschools.org

     

    I am giving my support to a new parent-led campaign opposing cuts to education funding and I have been pleased to see that the campaign is quickly gaining ground. In the last few weeks, the campaign has been covered by Channel 4 News, BBC London News, Evening Standard and on Huffington Post:

     

    https://www.channel4.com/news/schools-lose-out-from-new-funding-formula
    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/campaign-against-cuts-forcing-schools-to-ask-pupils-parents-for-cash-a3441661.html
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jo-yurky/the-government-says-spend_b_14092584.html

     

    The campaign supports the idea of a review of the national funding formula and agrees that historical imbalances in funding need to be addressed. However, at a time when our schools are facing massive real terms cuts, the proposed new NFF is a squandered opportunity to remedy injustice. Funding isn't fair unless there's enough money in the pot to begin with.

    We have two simple demands - firstly to protect per pupil funding in line with inflation and secondly to ensure that no school loses out under the new NFF. The parent campaign has been founded by parents from some of the worst-funded areas and the 'best'-funded areas standing together to ask for fair funding for all our schools.

    The campaign founders are currently preparing a response to the government about the new funding formula, while it's in this consultation period. That response is all the more likely to be listened to if it has the backing of tens of thousands of parents from across the country via a petition.

    Parents up and down the country need to know that this parent-led campaign exists and that parents have a powerful voice.

     

    Philippa Langdale

     

    Inset Day – 15 March 2017

    A reminder that the school will be closed to students on 15th March for a training day

     

    Elizabeth Kitcatt