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Government’s education financial pressures facing Enfield schools

Joan Ryan

Ms Ryan has urged the Secretary of State for Education to revise her proposals and invest properly in the long-term future of schools in Enfield.

AVRUPA/LONDON-In her submission to the government’s national funding formula (NFF) consultations, for mainstream and special educational needs (SEN) schools, Joan Ryan MP, on behalf of headteachers, staff and parents, has raised a number of serious concerns with the government’s planned shake-up of school funding, which will “in no way address the financial pressures facing so many schools” in Enfield North and across the borough. Joan Ryan MP, the Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said: “It is clear from the series of meetings I have held with headteachers and staff from schools in my constituency and from the representations I have received from concerned parents that we are facing a difficult and damaging funding settlement. Even after accounting for the impact of the government’s NFF proposals, a significant number of mainstream and SEN schools in Enfield North, and across the borough, will be put into a position that is financially unsustainable and could seriously compromise education standards.  Schools in Enfield are facing a number of budgetary pressures already - from significant increases in employer National Insurance and pension contributions to unfunded pay rises for staff, and from cuts to local government services to a growing number of children with special educational needs and disabilities – which are not even addressed by the NFF.  This situation is unacceptable and I will continue to campaign for schools in Enfield to be given a fair deal and for school funding, across the board, to be levelled up, not down.”