New research by the school cuts coalition of unions (NEU, NAHT, ASCL, UNISON, GMB and Unite) shows that class sizes are rising in the majority of secondary schools in Easington as a result of the Government’s cuts to education.
There is a particular problem in secondary schools because of a shortfall of £500m a year to funding for 11 – 16 year olds, between 2015/16 and 2019/20, plus the deep cuts to sixth form funding (over 17% per pupil since 2010).
62% of secondary schools in England have increased the size of their classes in the last two years (2014/15 to 2016/17).
Grahame Morris MP said:
“These figures show that the Government is failing in its stated aim to even out the differences in education.
We can’t stand back and let these cuts happen. Children and young people only get one chance at school and college and we know that education cuts never heal. As a country we should be investing in this and future generations of young people. I am calling on the Government to urgently address the funding crisis urgently and not continue to ignore these very real problems”.