As the Star’s #FairFundSheffieldSchools petition reached 3,000 signatures, a Sheffield MP has pledged her support to our campaign.
Last Thursday, we launched an appeal to get Sheffield’s schools the money they deserve, after reports revealed the city’s pupils get hundreds of pounds less spent on them than children in other big cities.
In just five days, the petition has gathered almost 3,000 signatures, with one of the latest being Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP, Gill Furniss.
And as well as signing the petition, on Tuesday Gill will speak in a debate on education funding in the House of Commons, where she raise the issue with ministers.
She said: “Young people in our community are being let down by this Government’s badly executed education policy which is seeing funds being taken away from those schools most in need.
“I welcome and support the Star’s fantastic campaign calling for fair funding for Sheffield schools.
“In a debate in Parliament this Tuesday, I will be calling on the Government to fund our schools properly, because every child - no matter where they were born - deserves the best education.’’
Last month, figures emerged that showed Sheffield schools are the worst funded out of all the major cities in England.
Headteachers in the city have warned that, unless urgent action is taken, they may have to make staff redundant or even cut the length of the school week.
The Star’s campaign brings together Sheffield Council, Learn Sheffield, the city’s MPs, businesses, schools, community groups and residents to fight for fair funding.
To sign the petition, visit https://www.change.org/p/fair-fund-for-sheffieldschools.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org, write to Sam Jackson, The Star, The Balance, Pinfold Street, S1 2GU or take a photograph with the hashtag #FairFundSheffieldSchools.
The Department for Education says the new funding formula (NFF) is intended to correct historic disparities in the system, which involves redistributing funding to underfunded areas.
A spokesman said that schools in the area would receive an increase in funding of 6.6 per cent - equivalent to £20.4 million - when the NFF is implemented in full by 2020/21.