As if we didn’t already know the Conservatives have been systematically under funding schools for the past nine years and the upcoming general election may decide whether irreparable damage is done to the education system or not.
A recent report by the National Education Union highlighted that compared to 2015, schools are set to be worse off in 2020 despite Boris Johnson’s promise to boost funding.
There are 553 constituencies within the UK. The NEU reports analysed the top 100 underfunded schools from across the country and found that 77 of those are Labour areas. This compares drastically to Tory areas, with no constituencies belonging to Johnson’s cabinet appearing in the list.
It has been no secret that schools have been struggling with a lack of funding for some time. Some schools have such little money they only open certain days of the week. Others are having to use money to buy essentials for students living on or below the poverty line, buying bare necessities such as; winter coats, shoes, food and sanitary products.
With new funds not set to reach schools until April 2020, things within schools are only going to continue to get harder with an estimated -£500 per pupil less for schools across 46 constituencies.
Did you know that Birmingham is the worst in the country for underfunded and struggling schools?
9 out of 10 constituencies within Birmingham were places in the top 100 underfunded schools and it was revealed that the number of children on free school meals within the city at twice the national average.
There will be some areas that experience a real term rise in funds compared to 2015 with 18 constituencies being better off. Of these, 13 are Conservative held.
York Outer will benefit the most with a £138 increase per-pupil, compared to Dulwich and West Norwood which will be left with a -£782 shortfall per student.
Where does Jeremy Corbyn’s town of Islington North fall on the list of top 100 underfunded schools? 96th with a per-pupil loss of -£398.
With the Prime Minister and his cabinet not making an appearance in the list of underfunded schools, compared to the 77 Labour areas, it does bring the question of whether the Tories are trying to damage our schools on purpose?
Is there a link between underfunded schools and constituency party alignment?
Are our children being punished for the voting decisions of their parents and families?
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