Ahead of this week’s by-election in Peterborough, the National Education Union will be highlighting the impact that real-terms cuts to school funding are having in the city. We will be visiting schools and locations in Peterborough over three days (4-6 June) with our Ad Van displaying the total cuts in the area.
At the Association of Colleges (AoC) Conference in Birmingham today, the Secretary of State for Education, Ruth Kelly MP, announced that the Government are planning to cut into the 13% funding gap between FE colleges and school "“ based sixth forms.
While ATL has been busy over the past twelve months, challenging ministers and civil servants at national and local levels on the lack of transparency and paucity of workforce engagement around the Area Reviews, there has been little public questioning of this policy. ATL was pleased then, when the House of Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy announced its inquiry into the Area Reviews. At last, here is an opportunity to properly scrutinise and critique this policy, which has been implemented at breakneck speed and left confusion and dissatisfaction in its trail.