Schools across Harrow face a funding crisis as thanks to government cuts.
Over the last two years schools in our areas have lost £2.8bn and face even more cuts to their budgets. Figures from the NUT show that schools in Harrow will have an extra £10.5 million in real terms cut from their budgets by 2020.
Such savage cuts mean that each pupil in Harrow will receive £366 less than they currently receive, meaning a loss of 208. In some schools pupils have lost up-to £900 per pupil.
As MP for Harrow West, and former school teacher, Gareth Thomas is concerned about the impact of these cuts and has launched this campaign to fight for fair funding for our schools. Adding:
“I was a teacher before entering Parliament, so ensuring that children have the best possible start in life has always been one of my top priorities. Schools have already faced a real terms cut in the past two years, and this cannot go on without having a negative impact on our children’s education.
I hope you will support our campaign and help us send a strong message to the Chancellor that we value our excellent schools in Harrow and want to keep them that way.
After all, if Theresa May can find £1bn for the DUP to keep herself in power, she should be able to find the money to make sure schools in Harrow get the funding they need.”
The petition will be presented to Parliament in the following wording:
To the House of Commons,
The petition of the residents of Harrow declares that our excellent Harrow schools are being put at risk by a further real terms cuts of £10.5m, the equivalent of 208 full time teachers. This will lead to teachers and teaching staff being lost, fewer subjects being taught, and equipment and resources not replaced.
The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons works to ensure that schools receive the funding they need, and urges the Government to invest in our children’s futures.
And the petitioners remain etc.