Could almost 40 teachers face the axe?

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Schools in the area could face more than £1million being slashed from their budgets and almost 40 teachers facing the axe, according to a new report.

But a Market Weighton head teacher has dubbed the teaching unions’ analysis as “misleading”.

Richard Harrison, The Market Weighton School head teacher, says the figures are misleading

Richard Harrison, The Market Weighton School head teacher, says the figures are misleading

The proposed new national funding formula, being introduced from 2018 to 2019 which was announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening in December, is expected to mean 10,000 schools will gain funds in order to close the gap between geographical areas.

But teaching unions’ analysis, based on information for 19,719 schools publised as part of the national funding formula consultation, suggests 98% of schools will face cuts in per pupil funding – with schools in East Riding of Yorkshire potentially facing an average reduction of £361 per pupil.

Schools in Pocklington, Market Weighton and surrounding villages could face an alarming £1.4million cut from budgets.

But headteacher of The Market Weighton School, Richard Harrison, has called the figures “misleading”.

Woldgate School and Sixthform could lose 10 teachers, figures claim

Woldgate School and Sixthform could lose 10 teachers, figures claim

He said: “If the fair funding formula were to go ahead in the way it has been proposed, The Market Weighton School would have a very small increase in funding.

“Unfortunately this would be immediately cancelled out by other increases such as the apprenticeship levy which comes into force next month.

“Overall all schools have faced real terms cuts over recent years and we have been forced to look for savings for a number of years and this will continue to be the case.”

According to the figures, The Market Weighton School could face a funding loss of £225,776 equaling £500 per pupil or six teachers.

But Mr Harrison argued: “As far as a reduction of £500 per pupil this is misleading as these figures are based on that real terms cut, so in affect it is money we have never had.

“Therefore there will be no need to cut teaching jobs at The Market Weighton School but we will need to look hard at other areas of our budget and reduce spending.

“We are lucky in that as a small school we have a very flexible support staff workforce who already have multiple roles allowing us to maintain a high standard of educational support.”

According to the figures Woldgate School would be worst hit in the area with a suggested loss of £374,729 and 10 teaching positions.

MP for Pocklington Sir Greg Knight said: “‘I am committed to seeing that local schools receive the financial support that they deserve.

“The core schools budget has been protected in real terms since 2010 but I do appreciate the pressures facing some schools in the East Riding and that is why, together with neighbouring MP Graham Stuart, I have been campaigning for a fair funding settlement for local schools.

“In response to representations by me and others, the Government has published its proposals for a new school funding formula which aims to see that children with similar needs attract like levels of funding regardless of where they live.

“These proposals – not yet confirmed or finalised – are currently still subject to discussion and consultation so we will have to see what emerges.

“I would expect, in due course that the East Riding as a whole will be better off, not worse off, when the final proposals are announced.

“In my view it is better to await the outcome of this process rather than to speculate on unsubstantiated and unconfirmed figures put forward by a trade union campaign website.”

Primary schools in the area could face cuts of up to £86,000 according to the figures with St Mary’s Roman Catholic School, in Market Weighton, and North Cave Church of England Primary School set to be worse hit by per pupil funding facing potential loses of £477 and £536.