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Heads complain of having to ask parents for school funds

From BBC - November 13, 2017

Head teachers representing more than 5,000 schools across England are supporting a protest letter to the chancellor over "inadequate" funding.

The letter, being delivered to Downing Street, warns of schools increasingly having to make "desperate requests to parents for 'voluntary' donations".

Heads are calling for an extra 1.7bn per year for schools.

The government has already moved 1.3bn of education funding directly into school budgets.

The protest, ahead of next week's Budget, has been organised by regional groups of head teachers representing schools with 3.5 million pupils in 25 local authorities from Cornwall to Cumbria.

It follows a letter warning about funding cuts, sent to the parents of more than 2.5 million pupils in September.

This is the biggest collective protest so far from the school funding campaigners, who have been warning of an overall lack of investment and a failure to resolve differences in levels of per pupil spending.

Funding differences

"It is extraordinary that some English secondary schools will receive 60% less funding than others of the same size," says the letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond.

"The impact on class sizes, curriculum offer and staffing is obvious," the heads write. "A school receiving over 4m more than another could, for example, afford 133 more teachers."

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