School children in Westminster
School children in Westminster

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A survey conducted by Labour Councillors has revealed the widespread impact that cuts are having on schools in the Westminster area.

Councillor Tim Roca, Labour’s Education spokesperson, invited schools to take part in the survey, with 22 head teachers responding from primary, secondary and specialist schools across the borough. Most reported cuts to staffing, books and equipment with further cuts anticipated. 

Headline figures from the survey include:

On staffing levels, Westminster schools said that since 2015:

  • 95% have had to make staffing cuts due to funding pressures.
  • 93% said teacher numbers had either stayed the same or fallen.
  • 91% said that teaching assistant numbers had stayed the same or fallen.
  • 77% said the number of SEN staff had stayed the same or fallen. 

On cuts to spending on other school resources since 2015, Westminster schools said that:

  • 65% have cut spending on books and equipment.
  • 60% have cut spending on teacher training and support.
  • 50% have cut spending on external student support.
  • 35% have cut spending on extra-curricular activities

Councillor Tim Roca said:

“We have phenomenal schools in Westminster with dedicated and hardworking staff. However, they need to be funded and resourced properly rather than being treated as a Cinderella service. We want our schools to be able to continue delivering a first class education to our children.”

“I will be asking Conservative Councillors at our next Scrutiny meeting what they are doing to bring pressure to bear on their colleagues in national government to fight for the money Westminster schools deserve.”

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