It's difficult to sit in the House of Commons and listen to the Conservative frontbench education team talk about increased funding for our schools. It's difficult because we know that in Stoke-on-Trent like the rest of the country, schools are being forced to find savings and create revenue schemes, instead of focusing on their work in the classroom.
The institute of fiscal studies have projected that in real terms, school budgets will be cut by 4.6% in the period of 2015-2020. On the ground, this has consequences. 80% of Head teachers have reduced the number of hours worked by teaching assistants and 47% have had to reduce the non-educational support and services for children. Locally we’ve seen Stoke-on-Trent City Council having to use government funding meant for our classrooms to plug council budget holes.
I know who I trust on what's really happening in our school's and it isn't the government.