City MP fights for better deal for Portsmouth schools

School lobbyTeachers from Portsmouth schools met with City MP Stephen Morgan today with their concerns about the current and future level of school funding in the city.

The National Education Union (NEU) is running a campaign and website demonstrating that 88% of school budgets are being cut by Government in real terms compared with 2015. There is widespread awareness that present and future levels of financial commitment fall well short of what is needed to maintain real terms 2015/16 funding.

£2.8 billion has been cut from school budgets since 2015 and school funding is £2bn a year less than it was.

Under Government plans 92% of the city’s schools are set to lose out. Average pupil funding in Portsmouth will drop by £273.00 per pupil which equates to a -6% reduction.  At Ark Charter Academy in the heart of the city, there is a £650.00 reduction per pupil.

Stephen Morgan MP for Portsmouth South said:

“It was good to welcome local teachers to Parliament today. From what they’ve said, it is clear that school funding is in crisis, and we must have a response from Government which appreciates the magnitude of the problem, and invests accordingly in the country’s future.

In next month’s Budget, I am urging the Chancellor to make sure the right sums are allocated for the Department of Education.

As someone who benefited from Portsmouth’s schools, I won’t rest until they are given a better deal from this Government.

It is high time our city’s schools get the resources they so desperately need to give every single child in Portsmouth the best possible start in life”.

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LABOUR – AMBITIOUS FOR EVERY CHILD IN PORTSMOUTH

Rumal Khan, Labour candidate for Portsmouth North, shares his thoughts on the future of education in the city:

As a father of three children who have grown up in Portsmouth, I know the importance of a good education and the value of the schools who provide it. I am proud of what my two daughters and son are achieving and am grateful that they have had the chance to experience things through their education that are helping them get on in life. But I also know only too well that it is not like this for all children.

One in four of them are living in poverty in the UK right now. The total figure has soared by 400,000 since the Tories came to power. Source: the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Continue reading “LABOUR – AMBITIOUS FOR EVERY CHILD IN PORTSMOUTH”

Plans to invest in local schools.

Schools1Labour has announced plans to invest in local schools and a national education service to ensure no one is held back and create a more skilled workforce and productive economy.
Moreover, the party plans to increase schools funding and introduce free, lifelong education in colleges at the heart of its commitment to create a society run for the many, not the few.
Labour’s key pledges include:
* stopping the cuts to school budgets with a real terms increase in funding
* reducing class sizes to under 30 for all five, six and seven year olds
* providing free school meals for all primary sources chool children
* restoring education maintenance allowance for college students
* restoring student grants for university students
* scrapping fees on courses for adult learners looking to re-train or upskill

Continue reading “Plans to invest in local schools.”

Do you want a better deal for Portsmouth Schools?

Funding for schools is being substantially reduced because of budget cuts agreed by the Tory Government. The National Audit Office has recently calculated that on average, schools in England and Wales face an 8% cut in their funding between 2017 and 2020. This means that schools will have to make savings totalling £3 billion over the next three years. Continue reading “Do you want a better deal for Portsmouth Schools?”

Rhetoric on social mobility has not been matched by results

Children from poorer homes are nearly half as likely to attend an outstanding primary school as richer children, research finds.

Only 15% of children from the poorest 30% of families currently go to outstanding primary schools, a study by education charity Teach First suggests. This compares to 27% of children from the richest 30% of families who attend a school rated highly by inspectors.

Continue reading “Rhetoric on social mobility has not been matched by results”

Portsmouth’s Labour Party is ambitious for every child in our city.

Local party volunteers were out in force this Saturday (8 April) talking to shoppers and local people in Commercial Road about Labour plans for schools in our city.

Current projections suggest that Portsmouth may gain only modestly from a new funding formula by government but by spreading this over all the schools – and with changes to national insurance, pensions and increased charges for services – many will continue to struggle to make ends meet. And information presented by the teaching unions suggests that schools across our city are facing significant cuts to their services to children. Continue reading “Portsmouth’s Labour Party is ambitious for every child in our city.”