The National Governance Association has last week sent a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer outlining the difficulties with school budgets and seeking additional funding for schools. The NGA would encourage those of you who share these concerns about the level of funding available to write to your MP. You may wish to forward their letter, but it will carry much more weight if you explain the difficulties your governing board is having in balancing the budget at your school and the effect this is likely to have on the education of the pupils.
The NGA has been asked by some members whether we will be coordinating a lobby of Parliament; those of you who wish to be active on this issue are invited to join with other interested parties – parents, teachers and school leaders – at their lobby of Parliament on October 24th. The National Association of Headteachers has produced a briefing which may be useful for you or your headteacher.
There is also a national network of parent activists around the country who are setting up independent parent-led groups attached to schools in their local area, campaigning for more funding for all schools across the country. If there are any parents at your school that may be interested in getting involved, they can find out more by contacting email@example.com or visiting the website at www.fairfundingforallschools.org and Twitter at @fairfundschools