Grammar schools ‘may ask parents for hundreds of pounds a year’

Grammar schools ‘may ask parents for hundreds of pounds a year’

Grammar schools in England may ask parents for hundreds of pounds a year to cope with funding cuts, their head teachers’ association has warned. A majority of grammars will be left worse off by proposed funding changes, according to analysis by the Grammar School Heads’ Association. A number of Conservative MPs are urging the government to change its plans. But the Department for Education said it was ending a postcode lottery in school funding. ‘Fundamental change’ The new system is designed to support deprived areas by reallocating existing funding. But…

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Grammar schools could ask parents for up to £40 a month to make up funding shortfalls

Grammar schools could ask parents for up to £40 a month to make up funding shortfalls

Grammar schools are considering asking parents for cash to make up budget shortfalls set to be caused by changes in funding, head teachers have warned. Families could be asked for £30 to £40 a month to ensure teaching standards do not fall, the Grammar School Heads Association (GSHA) has said. Conservative MPs have called for the Government to review the “unacceptable” reforms, which could leave some schools choosing between cutting facilities or switching off heating to keep costs down. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We have a choice, I suppose….

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Grammar schools may ask parents for donations to cover funding cuts

Grammar schools may ask parents for donations to cover funding cuts

Grammar school headteachers are threatening to seek monthly donations from parents to cover government budget cuts, joining the chorus of protests over the emerging funding crisis. The government’s plans for a revised “fair funding” formula would mean most grammar schools were worse off as a result of the changes proposed by the education secretary, Justine Greening – at a time when the government is banking on grammar school expansion as a key domestic policy aim. The Grammar School Heads’ Association said more than 100 of the existing 163 grammar schools…

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Labour plans grammar schools debate after issue tops poll of members

Labour plans grammar schools debate after issue tops poll of members

The Labour Party conference is to hold a special debate on grammar schools and consider whether to make scrapping selection altogether a party policy after the issue topped a list of concerns among members. A motion from the Socialist Educational Association (SEA), backed by Nottingham Trent Constituency Labour Party, will be debated tomorrow after more than 218,000 constituency party members backed grammar schools for priority discussion, putting it above issues like Brexit, housing and the NHS. It follows an announcement by the newly re-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that the…

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