Greens call for an end to school cuts

23 April 2018

Debden Park High SchoolGreens call for an end to school cuts

Epping Forest Greens have thrown their weight behind a campaign to stop cuts to local school funding. By supporting the School Cuts campaign they hope to raise awareness of the size and impact of cuts and help the fight to stop them.

Dave Plummer, the Green Party's candidate in Waltham Abbey Paternoster ward and a veteran anti-cuts campaigner, said

'Schools have faced years of underfunding, with Epping Forest's schools alone dealing with a staggering £2,816,069 in funding cuts between 2015 - 2020.[1] Class sizes are going up, children are losing out and the teaching profession is haemorrhaging teachers who don't have the time or resources to provide the balanced, broad education that they know our children deserve.'

'Special Educational Needs (SEN) funding has been particularly badly affected, leaving staff unsure what support will be available from one term to the next.'

Cllr Steven Neville, the Green's Buckhurst Hill East candidate, added,

"Both schools I attended - White Bridge and West Hatch - are seeing real terms cuts to their budgets. Education is of fundamental importance to all children as it sets them up for the rest of their lives. To cut budgets will have an impact on the life chances of the children affected."

 

[1] Source: https://schoolscuts.org.uk