Thursday, July 29, 2004

School Funding

The EDP carried a story today saying that Norfolk schools will lose 104 staff in the next year. Isn't it incredible that the government trumpet the extra money they have put into schools, yet teachers tell you that it has made not the slightest difference in the way they are able to do their job. This is because it has all gone on extra National Insurance contributions and pensions - very little has been seen at the chalkface. Small wonder with all the missives fired off to head teachers every day imposing yet more bureaucracy on schools. I would like to see schools get block funding which the head teacher and governor spend as they see fit according to their local circumstances. That's what will happen under a Conservative Government.

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