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Birmingham schools in crisis

The crisis in school funding from national government continues.

It's not just Birmingham schools, but all over the country that schools are under threat, but figures obtained say that an average cut of 12% in funding from  central government means the loss of nearly 3,000 teachers and classroom assistants in Birmingham by 2019. This is 6 in every primary school and 15 in every secondary school.

The cuts affects all schools and the total reduction is £108 million. We are hearing that some Primary schools are already making teaching assistants redundant.

The impact on Birmingham would be a loss of £641 on average per pupil. You can find an estimate of cuts figures at www.schoolcuts.org.uk  

Some examples are :

Rookery primary school 7 teachers lost

N.Birmingham Academy 29 teachers lost

Yardley Primary 11 teachers lost

Northfield Man or Primary 7 teachers lost

Turves Green Boys School 11 teachers lost

What can be done?  Every school union is opposing the cuts. Parents are protesting. Protests are needed all over the city and you can get involved with the national campaign at http://www.fairfundingforallschools.org

It 's not just funding that's the problem. Teacher morale is at rock bottom. Often teachers work more than 60 hours a week. One in four new teachers quit within three years.

Children are being judged in their first week at school via tests and the SATS are a very pressurised test that some schools still do at 11. This puts pressure on children at a time when they should be learning, not being drilled for an exam.

There's also cases of schools becoming academies, where parents have little say in what goes on and the school is run by Cheif Executives on a huge salary from money that should go on children.

Of course the government can be changed and we'd encourage you to think about that on June 8th.

 

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