Cllr Ricky Duveen and Cllr Meri O'Connell outside Moorlands School

Recent figures from the National Union of Teachers show that schools in Reading will lose £6,929,089 in real terms by 2020.

For example, The John Madejski Academy is predicted to lose £920 per child by 2020, equivalent to the salary of 18 teachers. Highdown School will also see a real-terms cut of £484 per pupil.

New Government estimates obtained by the National Audit Office show that schools in England will have to make cuts of £3 billion by 2020 in order to cope with increased costs. The Government wants over half of these cuts to come from schools’ teaching budgets.

Current levels of funding are not enough if schools are to manage new cost pressures such as increases in National Insurance and a new tax to pay for apprenticeships.

In addition, Reading Borough Council is being squeezed with a 75% cut in the funding it uses to support school improvements and provide local schools with music lessons, ICT equipment and accounting advice.

Meri O’Connell, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Tilehurst said, “Schools across the country are having to consider drastic cost-cutting proposals, including increasing class sizes and reducing the number of teachers and teaching assistants. This is why I am calling on the Government to increase schools spending to protect schools from the increased costs they will face in 2020.”

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