After years of underfunding from Westminster, schools in Wales are facing the biggest funding shortfall in a generation.

 

For years, Westminster has failed to commit adequate funding for schools across the UK. School funding in Wales has dropped by 5% since 2010.

Some schools are just starting to feel the impact of funding cuts, while others have been struggling for years.  As a result:

  • 942 schools across Wales have suffered cuts to per pupil funding since 2015.
  • Welsh schools have lost out on £58.9m since 2015.

If the UK Government does not commit sufficient funding for education, the cuts are on track to get even worse. Even more schools across the country will be at risk.

Less funding means fewer staff and resources. Less individual support and attention for each child. Reduction in support for additional learning needs. Cutbacks on curriculum like arts, sports and music.

Heads, teachers and school staff are doing all they can to mitigate the impact on children, but this is not sustainable.  And it’s only going to get worse.

If school cuts continue at this rate, more schools will be at risk of funding pressures that threaten to impact education for children in Wales.

The Welsh Government needs sufficient resources to support every school to succeed. There needs to be adequate money in the pot from Westminster to properly fund schools in Wales.

We shouldn’t settle for plugging the gaps when children’s futures are at stake.

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, must reverse school cuts.

Here are two things you can do right now to help:

  1. Use our site to find out the impact of cuts on your school
  2. Tell every parent you know about what’s happening to school funding in Wales

Until Philip Hammond agrees that education is too crucial to compromise on, it’s up to all of us to keep school cuts front and centre – at every dinner table, in each PTA meeting, in politicians’ offices up and down the country.

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