No current plans to protest low school fund

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HAMPSHIRE’s executive member for education says that he is ‘not currently aware’ of any plans for headteachers to write to the Prime Minister about low funding for schools.

This follows the delivery of a letter to Theresa May, signed by headteachers from every state schools in West Sussex, warning of a funding crisis.

The letter argued for a £20m emergency funding boost, in order to reduce risks of shorter school hours, staff cuts and larger class sizes.

Cllr Peter Edgar of Hampshire County Council said: ‘Despite being the third largest shire county in England, with 534 maintained and academy schools educating over 170,000 pupils, Hampshire receives one of the lowest school funding grants from central government.’

Cllr Edgar said that he was aware of imminent consultations on funding reform.

‘I am sure that headteachers will take the opportunity to make their views known through this consultation opportunity’, he added.

Portsmouth City Council was unable to comment on the matter.