Conservative cuts mean Dorset schools among hardest hit in the country

Vikki Slade: "We should be giving our children every chance to succeed at local schools.”


A National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) study suggests that Dorset schools will be some of the hardest hit by Conservative Government cuts to school funding.

NUT general secretary Kevin Courtney said: "It is impossible to deliver an effective education to pupils if there is no money for staff, buildings, resources, materials, activities or a full subject choice.”

Some of the schools where these Conservative cuts will have the biggest impact on Dorset and Poole’s children will be:

Wimborne’s Queen Elizabeth’s School, which could see a reduction in spending of £413 per pupil by 2019.

Corfe Hills School in Corfe Mullen, where Conservative cuts could see 7 teachers lose their jobs.

St Michael's Middle School, Colehill, which could see middle school children miss out on £122,864 of funding by 2019.


Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Mid-Dorset and North Poole, Vikki Slade, said: “I am shocked that the Conservative government has cut funding to schools in our area. Education is a number one priority for the Liberal Democrats and, as a parent, I feel we should be giving our children every chance to succeed at local schools.”

The Liberal Democrats have called for any extra money for education to be spent on reversing the devastating £3bn of cuts to school budgets that will see an 8% cut in per pupil funding by 2020. 

Party Leader, Tim Farron, said: “98% of schools will have less money to spend on the education of our children, and that is a disgrace.”

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