Pile of school rucksacks
Pile of school rucksacks

It been a big few weeks for Kent schools, with open days, Kent Test results and half term on the horizon. Amongst all that, new data out in recent days showed that cuts to school budgets are still hitting Kent students hard, despite some politicians claiming otherwise.

The data, available through the website www.schoolcuts.org.uk, has been broken down by a team of maths teachers, to show constituency-by-constituency and school-by-school cuts and average class size statistics.

Here in the Dover, Deal and Aylesham area, we have class sizes soaring, with primary schools in Temple Ewell, Kingsdown, River and Sibertswold all having average class sizes over 30 for the 2018/19 academic year.

Schools in the area that have seen above average cuts, include Dover Christ Church Academy, where the cuts to budgets since 2015 equal the equivalent of 11 teachers’ salaries. Charlton Primary School has also seen massive cuts, with per pupil spending slashed by £266 per pupil since 2015. Guston Primary School has lost a massive £526 per pupil over the same period and Aylesham Primary school has lost a shocking £438 per pupil. There are many, many more schools in the area that have lost over £250 per pupil spending since 2015. It is a complete that the Conservative government have helped our schools; I’m a primary school governor. I see the data every month. It is categorically untrue that school life has improved under the Tories.

Further to the above, Deal Parochial Church of England Primary School has class sizes now well above the national average, as do 16 other schools in the Dover constituency. This shows that this government is failing to get a grip on our classroom environments & teacher workloads. Things need to change for local students and teachers. I think we all know how to spell, enough is E-N-O-U-G-H…

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