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Islington school funding cuts: Find out how your child’s school could be affected

PUBLISHED: 14:59 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:53 10 November 2016

Charlie Raphael-Campbell and Evon Banton rehearse for a concert at a fundraiser for Arts and Media School earlier this year. The school could face staff cuts, unions have warned. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Charlie Raphael-Campbell and Evon Banton rehearse for a concert at a fundraiser for Arts and Media School earlier this year. The school could face staff cuts, unions have warned. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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Unions say government plans could leave schools in Islington with a funding crisis.

Education boss Cllr Joe Caluori: 'Headteachers will face difficult decisions about how to balance the books'Education boss Cllr Joe Caluori: 'Headteachers will face difficult decisions about how to balance the books'

The National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has revealed an interactive map to show their predicted effects of plans to redistribute existing government cash between schools in England.

According to the figures – based on government data and Institute for Fiscal Studies calculations – the unions anticipate cuts of 10 per cent to those in Islington over the next four years.

The two key factors behind the union’s calculations are government spending being reallocated across the country and funding not rising with inflation.

The unions are predicting that Whitehall Park School could see a 19pc funding cut and that Islington Arts and Media School may have to have 17 fewer teachers.

Cllr Joe Caluori, responsible for children, young people and families at Islington Council, said: “Islington’s schools offer a very high standard of education despite challenging levels of deprivation.

“Headteachers will face difficult decisions about how to balance the books, and wherever the money is saved, it will ultimately affect pupils’ academic progress, and the rest of their lives.”

Staff, teachers and governors will be holding a rally in Westminster on November 17 to call on the government to invest more money into education.

NUT London regional secretary Martin Powell-Davies said: “We invite parents, governors and support staff to join teachers at our rally and call on the government to invest in children’s future by increasing the overall funding for schools.

Diana Osagie, head teacher of Arts and Media School, Islington, which is at risk of losing 17 teachers, unions have warned. Picture: Arts and Media School, IslingtonDiana Osagie, head teacher of Arts and Media School, Islington, which is at risk of losing 17 teachers, unions have warned. Picture: Arts and Media School, Islington

“If the government fails to act, and instead simply seeks to redistribute an insufficient total budget, the consequences will be devastating, particularly in London.”


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