SCHOOL FUNDING CRISIS: Sheffield MP raises plight of city's cash strapped schools in Parliament

A Sheffield MP has raised the funding crisis facing many city schools to the education secretary.

Tuesday, 15th May 2018, 12:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th May 2018, 3:25 pm
Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield highlighted the situation facing many schools in the city under the Government's new national funding formula when he questioned Damian Hinds in the House of Commons.

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Headteachers have warned of mass redundancies and an ongoing struggle to keep schools open.

The Department for Education said that schools in the area will attract an increase in funding of 6.6 per cent – equivalent to £20.4 million – when the NFF is implemented in full by 2020/21.

Last week the Government announced a £200m fund to help grammar schools to expand - £50 million for 2018-19, with details of the remaining £150 million to be announced later.

"Money is being shifted away from primary and there is simply not enough for special needs and disabilities.

"I am meeting with Sheffield headteachers on Friday to discuss the crisis in their schools.

Mr Hinds stressed that was not any extra funding for grammar schools and pledged to work with city schools.

"I do understand some of the cost pressures that schools have been under," he added.

"I do commit to redoubling effot to work with them to bear down on some of those costs."