SCHOOLS FUNDING CAMPAIGN - 20 March 17
As part of UNISON’s campaign against school funding cuts we have a supply of a new leaflet for use in schools and the wider community. Leaflets will be distributed to schools over the coming weeks but you are welcome to contact the Branch office to ask for a supply for your school so that you can start to raise awareness. (The leaflet can also be downloaded here.)
When you contact the office the leaflet you want is ‘Help protect your school from cuts’ – stock number 3733.
There are also specific campaign pages on the National UNISON website where members can directly email their MP about the impact of cuts on their local schools: www.unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/protect-our-childrens-education/ You may not usually contact you MP about issues but please take the time to do it this time, our children deserve better and so do the staff who work with them.
Over the next few weeks and months news stories will be added to the website. If you have news of cuts and campaigns in your school then please email a summary with key details to firstname.lastname@example.org to help us raise the profile of the school funding cuts issue on the Unison website. Help us to make everyone aware of the damage being done in our schools through the funding cuts.
Please invite us in to talk with support staff about the effects of funding cuts in Nottinghamshire - we will be able to do this after the Easter break as currently officers are very busy consulting on proposed redundancies in more schools than in previous years, a consequence of the funding cuts?
Please think about electing a Unison steward for your school - stewards can have time to attend training for the role and attend meetings with other stewards to have regular updates on local and national issues.
We still have vacancies for joint convenor/ senior steward. These roles are open to members in NCC schools and academies who are part of the Trade Union scheme. There has never been a more important time to get involved with your union.
No help for schools in the budget
In its recent budget the government failed to address huge concerns amongst parents, school staff and many MPs about funding cuts to schools and the National Funding Formula. Just £216million was allocated to refurbish the existing 25,000 state schools.
The Chancellor added insult to injury by allocating £320 million for 140 new free schools which are expected to include new grammar schools; money which should have instead gone to the 98% per cent of schools that will see a real-terms loss in funding per pupil between now and 2020.
National Funding Formula consultation
We want to know how the proposed changes to the funding formula will affect schools in Nottinghamshire - we need your help to do this. Talk to your head, ask how the changes will affect your school in monetary terms and what that could mean in reality for the school.