Protect Our Children's Education

Schools in England are facing average cuts of 8% per pupil by 2020 due to government funding plans, according to the government’s National Audit Office.

Southampton Local Authority is due to lose £13,389,163 in schools funding by 2019. This works out at £460 per pupil. In terms of teachers, that would be a loss of 359 on an average salary. 

Of UNISON Southampton District Branch’s over 3,000 members, approximately 1,000 work in a school.

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To make matters worse, the government also plans to introduce a new way of funding schools via a national formula, which means some schools will lose even more money.

UNISON is campaigning to stop funding cuts in your local schools. We are calling for more money for all schools to cover higher costs, the impact of inflation and the new national formula.

For more information on how much your school stands to lose, check the School Cuts website.

 

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Together we can make a difference.


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Everybody:

Activists, Stewards and Representatives

  • Recruit more members. There is strength in numbers and when you work together, you can have more influence over the decisions being made. Either download an application form or contact the Branch to request a visit on 023 8083 2740 or branchsecretary@unisonsouthampton.org.uk.

  • Have conversations. Knowledge is power! Use the resources below to inform colleagues and parents of the difficult times ahead and how we can fight them.

  • Ask staff to complete the questionnaire below. Help us to map how the funding cuts are already affecting you.

  • Call a meeting. Use the presentation below to explain to members how schools are funded, and how much is due to be lost. Make sure there is a call to action and agreed steps to move forward.

  • Request a visit from your Local Organiser, Ben Martin by emailing ben.martin@southampton.gov.uk or calling 023 8083 2740.

Parents

  • Talk to your head teacher, governors, MP or local councillors – or just one of them! Let them know you want the cuts to stop and changes to the funding formula to be reconsidered. There are lots of handy resources for parents at Fair Funding for All Schools website.

RESOURCES

These resources can help you to educate and organise in the workplace. If you would like multiple copies of anything listed below please contact the branch via ben.martin@southampton.gov.uk.

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