Rishi Sunak: Stop School Cuts

Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak

Next year, a staggering 18,060 schools face year-on-year funding cuts totalling £1bn in real-terms.

For millions of children, these cuts will lead to larger class sizes, fewer subject choices and reduced individual support for children.

For teachers, it means more real-terms pay cuts, more unmanageable workloads and less time to teach each child.

Sign our open letter to Rishi Sunak asking him to avoid a funding crisis for schools next year.

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To: Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak
From: [Your Name]

At the 2021 Spending Review, you promised to "restore per-pupil funding to 2010 levels in real-terms". But with rising costs, schools now face a real-terms cut of £1bn next year.

In total, 18,060 schools face cuts. Millions of children will be impacted by the loss of £146 per pupil on average in just one year.

After a decade of real-terms cuts to school budgets and teacher pay, school communities simply cannot afford to bear further cuts.

The Government will spend £324 less per pupil in 2023 than in 2015 in real-terms. Teachers have suffered real-terms pay cuts in the same period.

We simply must do better by our children and the hardworking school staff who teach them. The most disadvantaged have borne the worst of these cuts.

Since 2015, it’s been nursery schools, provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities, and schools serving the poorest that have been the hardest hit.

School communities shouldn’t be asked to foot the bill for the Government’s reckless handling of the economy.

Mr. Sunak we have three simple demands for you. Will you:

1. Reverse the cuts facing schools next year?
2. Ensure deserved pay-awards for school staff are fully funded?
3. Keep your promise to restore per-pupil funding to 2010 levels in real-terms?

If we’re serious about building a positive future for our children, it starts with prioritising their education today.

This is an opportunity to show the next generation we won’t compromise their future, no matter what’s happening in the country.

Yours Sincerely,