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

In 2016, Ysgol Bod Alaw in Colwyn Bay began to feel the impact of school funding cuts from Westminster. They drastically diminished what the school could afford for the children.

Gareth Hughes is a high level teaching assistant at Ysgol Bod Alaw. He knows firsthand the impact of that cuts to school funding are having on his pupils.

First we didn’t have enough money for basic resources. Even pencils and paper were in short in supply. Then jobs like mine, that ensure every child in a class is progressing, were suddenly on the line. I’ve seen many colleagues made redundant since then. And it’s only getting worse.

School funding in Wales has dropped by 5% since 2010. 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.

Staff are stepping up to plug the gaps where they can. They’re doing it because they care deeply about the children. But we shouldn’t settle for plugging the gaps when children’s futures are at stake.

It’s simple really. Parents expect schools in Wales to be funded properly. We need to send a message to Westminster.