Local school forced to make ‘impossible choices’ due to government cuts

A Batley school which is having to cut staff to balance the books has been forced into making “impossible choices” says local MP Tracy Brabin in a letter to the Secretary of State for Education demanding a meeting.

It comes after Batley Parish C Of E J I & N School wrote to staff, parents and guardians to inform them of an impending staffing restructure which will likely result in a reduction in support staff.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has now written to Education Secretary Damian Hinds asking for an urgent meeting in Westminster with the school’s headteacher.

Since 2015, schools across Batley & Spen have seen a real-terms funding shortfall of over £5 million.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “Batley Parish has been forced into making impossible choices to make ends meet after years of real terms cuts to its budget.

“Now this is going to have a direct impact on teachers, support staff, children and their families.

“And this is not limited to Batley Parish, indeed almost every school I visit tells me that cuts are having a dramatic impact.

“I have raised this with the government on many occasions since I’ve been an MP, but they continue to bury their heads in the sand.

“That’s why I’m calling on the Education Secretary to meet with the school’s headteacher so he can hear first-hand exactly how dire the situation has now become.

“Our brilliant schools, teachers and staff who work incredibly hard for our children must have the resources and support needed to do their jobs.

“The government needs to face facts and address this funding crisis before any more damage is done.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

More detail on the funding shortfall and its financial impact on individual schools can be found here https://schoolcuts.org.uk/

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