Public Meeting to Be Held Focusing on School Funding

Hear about council's plans to fight budget cuts on 28 February

H&F Council is inviting parents, teachers and concerned members of the local community to a public meeting on 28 February which will focus on proposed cuts to school funding.

The council says the government is planning to slash funding for all pupils and schools in Hammersmith & Fulham, with our area set to be one of the hardest hit in the country.

At the public meeting, taking place at Hammersmith Town Hall at 7pm on Tuesday 28 February the council says people can find out more about the cuts and how it hopes to stop them.

Schools in Hammersmith & Fulham are set to lose three per cent of their funding if the government plans go ahead. This is in addition to rising costs for schools of more than 10 per cent in the past three years.

The council-led campaign is backed by the H&F Schools' Forum which is chaired by Peter Haylock.

"If schools' budgets are cut – at a time when costs are increasingly significantly – it can only have a negative effect on the education that we are able to deliver," he said.

"We will not be able to employ the number of high quality teachers and leaders that we need to be able to maintain standards."

"These cuts are a real danger to children’s education,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion."You can help us fight the plans.

"School budgets are already stretched and any more cuts could have a massive impact. It’s not fair for children to lose out because the government is not investing enough in education. And it’s not fair on the teachers and their fantastic schools."

As well as attending the meeting, you can also have a say by responding the government’s consultation and join the council's mailing list for all the latest updates. Find out more and share your views at the Fair Funding page.

The National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers have also launched a website called Schoolcuts, which has an interactive map showing the effect on individual schools throughout England.

You can read more details on the new figures here.

February 7, 2017