Pendle Liberal Democrat Lord Tony Greaves is calling on the government to come clean over the consequences for Pendle schools on their proposals for funding schools in the future.
According to analysis of figures from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), the government will cut the annual funding for schools in Pendle by a huge £5.7 million in real terms by 2020.
“If these figures are correct, they are shocking,” said Lord Greaves, “if these cuts were all achieved by cutting the number of teachers, it could result in a loss of around 150 teachers in Pendle alone.”
Pendle Schools face Budget Cuts of £443 per Pupil
In the Pendle area, schools will face cuts of £443 per pupil on average. Some of the worst effected schools include Pendle Vale College which will see an annual budget cut of £782,000, Marsden Heights Community College who stand to lose £640,000 and Colne Park High School where a reduction of £453,000 can be expected.
“I shall take it up in the House of Lords to press the government to either confirm the NUT figures, or provide the actual figures if there is any discrepancy here,” said Lord Greaves.
“I will write to Andrew Stephenson to challenge him to take it up on behalf of all the people in his constituency,” said Lord Greaves, “I will contact each of the schools individually, bringing the claims to their attention and ask them to raise the matter with the government and their MP, and to ask them to suggest to parents of the school that they do the same.”
Pendle MP disputes NUT figures on School Budget Cuts
Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson responded angrily to dispute the figures provided by the NUT at www.schoolcuts.org.uk , calling it “scaremongering” and further claiming that the funding for schools in Pendle would actually increase by £600,000.
Lord Greaves responded with this statement:
“The chart issued by Andrew Stephenson MP which claims to give an accurate account of the school budget cuts, is wrong. So is the letter from Nick Gibb MP, the Minister for School Standards. The reason is simple –
These alarming figures add together the effect of three lots of changes on the amount of spending power that schools will be allocated in 2020 – on present proposals. Mr Stephenson and Mr Gibb only give the figures for one of those changes (which are bad enough for some schools in Pendle).
The figures that the local Liberals issued are not our figures – they are those which have been worked out by the two main teachers’ unions (the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers). They are a combination of the Government’s so-called “fair funding formula”, the effect of the cash freeze on the amount of money per pupil (a real cut in spending power), and some extra costs forced on schools with no new money to pay for them including increases in National Insurance contributions and pension payments. They use the National Audit Office’s assessment of the level of inflation for spending by schools during this Parliament.
Anyone wanting to check all this can go to the national school cuts website which explains how the figures have been worked out and gives the figures for every school in England.
It is at www.schoolcuts.org.uk and is endorsed by the National Association of Head Teachers as well as the NUT, ATL, and unions representing non-teaching staff.
It shows that 98% of schools across the country will have a cut in their real terms budgets. It shows that they will lose some £3billion in spending power – in Pendle alone that could mean 150 fewer teachers. These are just the facts and the Government is not refuting them. Mr Stephenson would use his time better if he fought with us for the interests of Pendle pupils and teachers rather than just churning out standard Government spin.”
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Pendle School Cuts Table
|School||Budget Cut (£)||Per Pupil (£)|
|Colne Park High School||453,311||463|
|Colne Primet Academy||139,806||474|
|Fisher More RC High School, Colne||347,407||472|
|Marsden Heights Community College||639,849||725|
|Pendle Vale College||782,488||763|
|West Craven High School||157,502||306|
|Barnoldswick CE Primary School, Barnoldswick||129,220||439|
|Barrowford St Thomas CofE Primary School||55,228||449|
|Blacko Primary School||55,138||525|
|Bradley Primary School||97,654||241|
|Brierfield Walter Street Primary School||119,499||293|
|Castercliff Primary School||62,676||209|
|Coates Lane Primary School, Barnoldswick||109,065||522|
|Colne Christ Church CofE VA Primary School||83,522||445|
|Colne Lord Street School||69,106||193|
|Colne Primet Primary School||79,179||412|
|Earby Springfield Primary School,||42,208||299|
|Foulridge Saint Michael and All Angels CofE VA Primary||20,494||104|
|Gisburn Road Primary School, Barnoldswick||68,904||349|
|Great Marsden St John's Primary School||78,959||392|
|Higham St John's CE Primary School||65,656||462|
|Holy Saviour Roman Catholic Primary School, Nelson||54,822||266|
|Holy Trinity RC Primary School, Brierfield||58,579||553|
|Kelbrook Primary School||45,418||445|
|Laneshaw Bridge Primary||79,036||371|
|Lomeshaye Junior School, Nelson||198,663||564|
|Marsden Community Primary School, Nelson||223,104||532|
|Nelson St Philip's Church of England Primary School||45,519||328|
|Newchurch-in-Pendle St Mary's CE Primary School||36,088||722|
|Park Primary School||72,948||199|
|Reedley Primary School,||83,000||238|
|Roughlee C of E Primary School||46,614||1,195|
|Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School, Colne||90,508||423|
|Salterforth Primary School||72,725||734|
|St John Southworth RC Primary School, Nelson||82,096||398|
|St Joseph's RC Primary School, Barnoldswick||67,042||469|
|St Paul's CE Primary School, Nelson||50,283||155|
|Trawden Forest Primary School||76,819||405|
|Walverden Primary School||93,552||222|
|West Street Community Primary School||171,128||995|
|Wheatley Lane Methodist VA Primary School, Fence||82,394||403|
|Whitefield Infant and Nursery School, Nelson||193,013||715|