Investment in education should be a priority for any government – no matter its political persuasions – because that’s the best way to guarantee Britain’s future success as a world player.
This is one of the reasons why, during the Coalition government, the Liberal Democrats introduced the Pupil Premium – additional money to support pupils from disadvantaged background.
More broadly, it is our policy to protect school funding in real terms, from the early years right through to college. We oppose the Government’s proposed school funding cuts: whilst the idea of ‘levelling’ the level of funding received by different schools and areas makes sense, why level ‘down’ when you can level ‘up’? A report by the National Audit Office has found school budgets will be slashed by £3bn in real terms by 2019-20 - the equivalent to reducing spending by 8 per cent per pupil, under current government plans.
Locally, the impact of the proposed school funding cuts on local schools in Chelsea and Fulham will be severe. To find out what the proposed cuts to your local school are via an interactive table, click here . We support the Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s campaign against the proposed school cuts, which has gathered impressive momentum.
The Liberal Democrats will invest £.6.9bn more in schools and colleges over the next parliament. The funding would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Formula. This goes further than Labour’s commitment to reverse £3bn of cuts to school budgets by 2020.
Here’s a breakdown of the figures, with a table below:
- Protect per pupil funding in real terms in schools (£3.3bn)
- Protect further education per pupil funding in real terms (£660m)
- Ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Formula (£1.26bn)
- Protect the pupil premium in real terms (£415m)
- Invest in continuous professional development for teachers (£165m).