New data shows that despite the Conservative government's spending announcements, schools in Bristol continue to be in a state of emergency over funding shortfalls.
According to the National Education Union’s ‘School Cuts’ website, schools in Bristol have lost out on £131.7 million in funding between 2015 and 2020. This shortfall represents the difference between funding and the amount needed to protect per-pupil funding in real terms. The average pupil in Bristol has lost out on £505 in funding every year as a result of increased prices and pupil numbers compared to funding. 119 of the 125 schools in Bristol have received cuts to per-pupil spending.
In Bristol West, 100% of schools have received a shortfall in funding compared with 2015 levels. The average pupil in Bristol West will lose out on £707 of funding for their education, compared to per-pupil funding since the Liberal Democrats left government in 2015 when cuts to the education budget began.
James Cox, Liberal Democrat MP candidate for Bristol West, said:
“The Conservatives continue to fail our children. This data removes the wool that Boris Johnson tried to throw over our eyes – that he is making parents and teachers wait for the money their schools desperately need.
“Whilst he peddles catchy soundbites, teachers are still faced with impossible decisions on which support staff to cut or which basic supplies not to buy.
“The money in the Spending Round won’t reach all schools until next September. Even then, it will probably take until around 2022 for the cuts since 2015 to be reversed. That’s seven years wasted – the length of time a child is at primary school.
"A properly funded education system can provide every child with the opportunity to aspire to anything they dream. These real terms cuts to pupil spending, to the tune over £700 per pupil this year, are destroying their dreams and denying children those opportunities.
“Liberal Democrats demand better for our children’s futures. We need an emergency cash injection this year to reverse school cuts, so that teachers have the resources they need to help their pupils succeed.”