Why sign the petition?

Schools are struggling to balance their books, and according to the Department for Education’s own data the education system will be running a £3bn deficit by 2020.

Despite what the government says, school budgets are not protected and are facing a reduction in real terms.

Education funding is falling and our schools will suffer:

● fewer teaching and support staff
● less support for children
● class sizes up
● less choice of subjects

Biggest cuts in a generation

School budgets are already under severe strain. The National Audit Office says those budgets will shrink in real terms by £3 billion by 2019/20.

The Government is increasing costs and scrapping support for schools

The government is increasing the amount of NI and pension contributions schools have to pay and introducing an apprentice levy which will not help schools and stretch resources even
further.

At the same time it is scrapping the £600 million Education Services Grant meaning schools will have to fund additional services for children which are currently being provided by local
councils.

Wrong focus

The most important investment for raising standards is high quality teaching. Constant structural change is an expensive distraction and causes cuts which are harmful to
education.

Education is an investment in our future