I’m sorry…….but how the hell is a Tory MP going to ‘help’ anyone?
I received this cry for help (below) from my sons primary school this week after receiving similar from my daughter’s secondary school. I do understand the school is just trying to urge parents to help but writing to a Conservative MP who is part of a destructive, divisive, elitist Conservative government is not going to help. Perhaps ask those parents who voted for this joke of a government to stump up the extra cash the school will need or ask the Tory voters to lead an assembly to explain to our kids why their school will have to make cuts because of what Theresa May and her nasty party chums are doing to this country.
Notes from the Head
School funding, we need your help – as you will have no doubt seen in the media recently, school funding and in particular Devon schools is of serious concern. The new ‘Fairer Funding’ Formula for schools has resulted in many schools in Devon receiving cuts in their funding despite the fact that historically pupils in Devon have received less than the average funding per pupil in England.
Unfortunately the Fairer Funding Formula, along with a recent cut by Devon County Council, increasing wage costs, and the Apprentice Levy have resulted in the budget at Honiton Primary School being cut significantly.
· Honiton Primary School is already funded at £290 per pupil below the national average – this would have equated to an extra £114,260 in this financial year
· The Fairer Funding Formula indicates a reduction of 2.7% (£40,000 per year) once implemented
· Devon County Council have reduced our budget by a further £13,431 per year due to a shortfall in the High Needs Block
· The Apprenticeship Levy will cost the School a further £6,018 per year
· The Institute for Fiscal Studies has estimated an increase of 6.5% by 2020 in staff costs due to pay increases and rises in National Insurance and Pensions – this equates to almost £100,000 of extra staff costs in 2020
The Governors and I have written to our local MP, Neil Parish, explaining the situation in detail, and would like to ask you to contact Mr Parish explaining our concerns and the situation at the school.
Please find attached to this email a template letter explaining the cuts affecting our school and would appreciate as many parents as possible sending this to Mr Parish in the hope that he will put forward our case to the Secretary of State for Education and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Please be assured that whilst this poses significant problems for the Governors in setting future budgets, we are all committed to doing everything possible to maintain the high standards of education at our Outstanding School.
So yes of course I’d like to help the schools my children go to, of course it’s unfair and of course the schools cannot be seen to be political but the answer is not asking the Conservative Party who have devised these cuts and carried them through to help. THEY DO NOT CARE! They are not interested. Half of them went to private school’s themselves. They don’t care about schools just like they don’t give a fig about our rapidly deteriorating NHS.
If you are reading this and you ARE a Conservative who cares and in my previous life as a local councillor, I will be honest there are some who do seem to care…..then please take a long hard look at the party you ‘belong’ to and ask yourself how can you be a part of such a machine which creates inequality and unfairness…..things which are really really hurting families like mine up and down this country. Keep caring and doing good things but please become an Independent.
If you are a Devon parent who is reading this and cares enough to do something about it. Get political. VOTE in all levels of elections. Take an interest because those that say they’re not interested in politics – well those ‘politics’ are making your schools rubbish and closing your local hospitals, making you wait weeks for your kids to see a doctor, months for an operation, unaffordable rents, crazy train and bus prices, more and more food banks everywhere and more!