Councillor Tim Roca, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Education, 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 this year.
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
Cllr Tim Roca said:
“It is scandalous that Westminster schools are being forced to make such drastic cuts by this Conservative government. That hardworking teachers are forced to cut basics such as books and equipment this year and next is appalling. Our local schools deserve to be funded and resourced properly to continue delivering a first class education to our children. Labour will continue to fight to end these cuts and increase long term funding, making sure we invest to upgrade local schools that have fallen into disrepair, and ensuring they have the staff and equipment they need.”