01/03/2017 - Mid Sussex News – Education for All
Labour — Putting West Sussex First
Education at all levels, for all ages and all abilities in Mid Sussex is under massive funding pressure.
This funding crisis is entirely unnecessary.
The reasons are simple:
- A national Tory Government obsessed with an economically disastrous austerity policy designed to hit public services the hardest.
- The failure over the years of the Tory-led West Sussex County Council to fund education adequately.
- Above inflation increases in education costs such as National Insurance and Pension contributions imposed by the Tory Government, while failing to provide a corresponding increase in funds.
A bleak future
The independent and highly respected spending watchdog the National Audit Office estimates that per pupil funding across the country will fall by 8% in real terms over the next four years.
Reasons to invest in the future
Your child, or children, may have finished formal education for now, or you may not have children or grandchildren but everyone in society benefits from educating its people.
We all gain by investing in education as society depends on the skills and knowledge people receive from education.
The previous Labour Government regarded its priority as "“education, education, education "”. It’s time to recognise that priority again.
Labour seeks to improve standards for all. That means including providing funds for all secondary pupils, not syphoning money off to support grammar schools.
Employers and business leaders are constantly calling for school leavers to have a greater level of literacy and numeracy skills.
The Labour Party recognises the benefits of a good education for all and is committed to raising the standards of modern-day apprenticeships.
In an uncertain world one thing is certain - everyone benefits from investment in education.
Education Issues in Mid Sussex
Mid Sussex families face significant issues that will hit educational standards:
- Staff vacancies are no longer being filled
- Our schools face the prospect of making teachers and support staff redundant
- Headteachers are considering saving costs by reducing the number of days schools are open
- There is an almost complete absence of age 16+ provision in Mid Sussex towns, apart from in East Grinstead
Class sizes are on the increase
Disruption to family lives if childcare provision is needed
A financial impact on families as travel costs for students increase
Woodlands Meed Special Needs School
The lack of funds to resolve the location problems of a school catering for children with special needs in Mid Sussex is disgraceful. The Tory-led County Council will not commit funds to help.
Even our Tory MP said in the House of Commons, “The County Council treated it extraordinarily badly, and in my view, dishonourably over the question of a new building.”
Yet there is still no action or funding.
Labour in West Sussex is determined to work for you and your families
- providing an excellent education for all
- seeking a fair and equitable school funding formula
- pressing for transitional funding to help plug the immediate financial gap
- opposing the establishment of “Free” schools
- opposing the “forced” academisation of schools
- opposing the waste of resources such as bringing back pupil selection
- providing children with a sure start in life
- pressing schools to retain their sports fields
- restoring age 16+ education in the Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill area
- providing funds for Woodlands Meed