Local Lib Dem MP Tom Brake met with senior Education Minister Damian Hinds on Tuesday to discuss the Government’s deeply damaging school funding cuts and the effect they are having on Sutton’s schools.
Since 2015, per pupil funding — the amount of money each local school gets for each individual pupil — has dropped by over £300. That equates to a drop in funding of 6% that every school in Sutton has suffered from.
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"Government cuts in school funding are creating real challenges for our schools. Teachers have been forced to cut vital programmes and, in some cases, hours off of the school weeks. This is utterly unacceptable.
"The Education Secretary didn’t give much away during the meeting, but he promised to write to me soon to outline what his Government will do to tackle this crisis.
"I am committed to maintaining the excellent education that Sutton has to offer. Now it is time for the Government to admit they have failed the grade. Our teachers deserve better, our parents deserve better, and most importantly, our pupils deserve better."
The severe lack of funding has had a huge impact on schools, especially since the number of pupils in Sutton Borough has increased by 2,000 since the 2015/16 school year.