Merton parents urged to back fairer funding for schools

The Leader of Merton Council has urged parents across the borough to tell the Government they are against the proposal to reduce funding for London’s schools in 2018. The new formula will mean at least 10 Merton schools will be worse off and 70 per cent of the schools in the rest of London will also be worse off.

Councillor Stephen Alambritis said the government’s proposed new funding formula will mean London schools could find it hard to maintain the high standard they have worked hard to achieve. Currently in Merton every secondary school is rated as good or outstanding by OFSTED and Merton’s primary schools are ranked 17th highest performing in England.

Research by London Councils shows that the new formula will cost Merton an average of £210 per pupil.

The Leader of the Council has written to all schools in the borough, pledging the Council’s support and asking them to encourage parents to back the campaign against the changes, which are due to come in from April 2018.

“Schools across Merton do a fantastic job in a challenging financial context,” said Councillor Alambritis.

“Unfortunately, the new national funding formula is going to make life even more challenging locally and for all the schools in London who collectively are amongst the highest performing in the country.

“We will be making our concerns known to the Government in the strongest possible terms.

“We would like heads and governors to raise these concerns with Government ministers and with our local MPs.

“We also need to ensure that parents have a voice in this campaign.”

Parents are asked to respond to the Government’s online consultation by Wednesday 22 March. Further details can be found on www.fairfundingforallschools.org.

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 Notes to editors

Merton Council has 41 maintained primary schools across the borough with 88% rated outstanding or good making Merton the 17th highest performing local authority or academy trust in England.

Merton Council’s maintained secondary schools are in the top three best for pupil improvement. All Merton’s maintained secondary schools are Ofsted-rated outstanding or good and have seen some of the fastest improving GCSE results in the country in recent years.

Merton Council is working with London Councils, which represents all of London’s borough councils and the City of London, to campaign against the new funding formula.