Teachers and business leaders back Sheffield schools fair funding fight
The fight for fairer funding for Sheffield schools has attracted further support from education and business leaders.
More than 8,000 people have signed online petitionÂ launched by The Star and Sheffield Telegraph calling on the Government to redress toÂ fundingÂ situation in Sheffield.
Staff atÂ BallifieldÂ Primary School, in Handsworth and companyÂ MK Public Relations have backed the campaign.
Managing director ofÂ MK Public RelationsÂ Caroline Woffenden said: 'It is well documented that good education has the power to change a life.
'Yet despite operating in a city that boasts world class universities; hosts worldwide headquarters; attracts international investment, and welcomes millions of visitors every year, Sheffield has the worst funded schools of any core city in the country.
'As a local community it is our business to challenge the government for a fairer deal.'
Headteachers have warned of a growing crisis in Sheffield which could see staff losing their jobs, class sizes increased andÂ schoolsÂ cuttingÂ downÂ to four-and-a-half weeks.
The Government's new nationalÂ fundingÂ formula, aimed at redistributingÂ fundingÂ to historically underfunded areas, helps the situation a little and will lead to an overall increase inÂ fundingÂ for Sheffield by 2020/21.
But headteachers are struggling to balance their budgets over the next few years.
The Department for Education saidÂ thatÂ schoolsÂ in the city will attract an increase inÂ fundingÂ of 6.6 per cent - equivalent to Â£20.4 million - when the NFF is implemented in full by 2020/21.
To sign the petition visit the online fundraising campaign page.