Headteachers from across Kingston have written to Conservative Ministers, MPs and councillors to warn of a funding crisis in local schools.
In a strongly-worded letter to national and local Conservative politicians, Kingston’s school heads have attacked “stealth cuts” to local education budgets, and called for an urgent “boost to school funding” before it’s “too late”. The letter warns of a recruitment and retention crisis too.
Analysis of Conservative spending plans show Kingston schools losing £6.1 million by 2020 - a loss of £302 for every pupil - with 165 teachers sacked in the Royal Borough.
“Local headteachers have our full backing,” says Liberal Democrat campaigner, Ed Davey. “They are right to warn of the serious impact of these cuts on our children’s education. We must campaign hard for a much better deal for Kingston’s schools.”
Lib Dem Council Group Leader, Liz Green, urged local parents and others to back local headteachers, “We can’t let the Tories take us back to the bad old days of the early 1990s, when their answer was larger class sizes,” Liz said.
Kingston schools received record funding under Liberal Democrats. Ed Davey - pictured above at a New Malden school - made schools a top priority.
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The Lib Dems have launched a petition backing the call by headteachers for fair funding of Kingston’s schools.