Headteacher hands petition to MP over 'fairer funding' that will cost school £48k

PUBLISHED: 09:38 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:38 09 March 2017

St Joseph’s Primary School’s headteacher handed a petition, protesting funding cuts, to Sir Hugo Swire.

St Joseph's Primary School's headteacher handed a petition, protesting funding cuts, to Sir Hugo Swire.

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An Exmouth headteacher has declared that schools are at 'breaking point' after handing a petition protesting funding changes to East Devon's MP.

Following a visit from Sir Hugo Swire on Friday, March 3, Nicky Taylor-Bashford, of St Joseph’s Primary School, says it is set to lose out on £48,000 under ‘fairer funding’ rules. These give schools a bigger lump sum to pay for services, but less per pupil.

“Schools are already at breaking point,” said Mrs Taylor-Bashford.

“Cuts will have a significant impact on our small school.

“One of the many benefits of St Joseph’s is the high teacher-to-pupil ratios.

“This will not be sustainable if the Government continues to slash the money it puts into education, particularly into Devon.

“Resources, educational support, staff training and school enrichment activities will all be severely reduced if the funding continues to be cut.”

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