You, the council, have told the school it must make significant cuts to its budget, which has forced the school to announce proposals to make redundancies to teaching and support staff. The school has already made numerous cuts to resources, teaching staff, the librarian, speech and language support and occupational therapy amongst other things. At a time when the school needs to focus on raising standards, further cuts will damage the education of all our children.
Valentine Primary School is expanding but it is not being given the additional income it needs to support that growth. The school also provides excellent specialist support for children with special educational needs and has a much higher than average number of SEND pupils who require additional support. Further cuts to this support will not only fail SEND children, but it will have a negative impact on every pupil in the school.
The school budget has also suffered due to the poorly thought out Minimum Funding Guarantee and we call on the council to write off the £648,000 that has been unfairly added to its budget deficit as a result.
At a public meeting that was held at the school last November, it was clear that staff and parents are united in opposition to any further cuts to staffing levels in the school. Members of the National Education Union and other teacher and support staff unions are being balloted to take strike action over the proposed job losses and whilst nobody wants to see strike action, parents support Valentine staff in fighting to keep the teaching and support staff posts that our children’s education needs. We call on you, the council, to solve the funding crisis and prevent this strike action from taking place.
This ePetition runs from 18/02/2019 to 01/06/2019.
237 people have signed this ePetition.