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Our Children in Stockport are Worth More

A Day of Positive Action by Stockport Schools Friday 12th October 2018.

Stockport is one of the worst funded education authorities in England. Even with the new funding proposals our children receive less money per pupil than many of the local Greater Manchester authorities and we currently sit in the worst half funded of schools in the country having previously been136th of 150 authorities. On average our students attract around £1000 per pupil per year less than those who attend Manchester schools. In the case of Priestnall School this equates to an annual budget difference of over £1.25 million.

Representatives of primary and secondary head teacher groups met with Damian Hinds in June to put forward our case for better funding. They explained the great divide between our schools funding and others in the country and the impact that this was having on our schools.

School leaders have continued to make difficult choices to best resource our schools and provide the best opportunities for our learners but with rising costs, demands to maintain school buildings and the continuous challenge of meeting expectations for all, this is becoming increasingly difficult. Currently, we are proud of the outcomes for our children and despite the funding constraints we are able to provide quality first teaching for all. Our school budgets however, are quickly diminishing in real terms and as schools approach breaking point very difficult decisions regarding provision will inevitably have to be made.

As a collective of school leaders across all phases and settings we continue to call on the Secretary of State for Education to increase funding for all those within early years, primary, secondary and special schools.

We ask that as parents & carers, you continue to lobby our local MP (Ann Coffey) to make her aware of our situation and to further reiterate the circumstances our schools are in.

Last week, Headteachers from all over the country took the unprecedented step to illustrate their concerns over school funding by staging a march from Parliament Square to Downing Street to present a letter highlighting concerns. Stockport was represented in this march.

For pupils with additional needs we are concerned that the High Needs budget is not fit for purpose. Schools are under enormous pressure to provide appropriate entitlement of support as numbers continue to increase and pupils are presenting with a range of complexities in many cases. Under the proposed formula schools are increasingly challenged to deliver on outcomes for learners identified with additional needs.

Funding for early years childcare is also stretched, particularly as a result of the introduction of Government funding levels for 30 hours of ‘free’ childcare. School budgets are not equipped adequately to cover the basic costs of delivery.

Funding for Stockport’s schools in recent years remains out of line with inflation and although some schools saw a modest increase in funding for 2018-19 this has been eroded by increasing costs including salary and pension increases, growing recruitment costs, inflation and the burden of paying into the Apprenticeship Levy.

Friday 12th October is a day we would like our voices to be heard. Rather our children and families’ voices to be heard. Schools in the authority will be carrying out a range of activities to look further into how more funds could and would enhance the learning experiences for our children.

Our children will be given the opportunity to share their thoughts and vision for the educational experiences they feel they are entitled to.

Parents will be invited to write to and talk to local MPs to share the collective view.

We look forward to a positive day of action and one where we have a chance to share our thoughts and further improve outcomes for our children.

The Schools of Stockport.

Year 7 Parents’ Evening

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am delighted to invite you to our Year 7 Parents’ Evening which will be held on:

Thursday 18th October 2018

The evening will take place in Café Mersey from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Please use the entrance near to the Sports Hall where you will find College Leaders ready to assist you.

This evening is set aside for you to discuss your child’s progress and induction into the school with their Learning Co-ordinator. The length of the appointment is five minutes. Please make a separate arrangement if a longer appointment is required. Directors of Studies for each College will also be available on the evening.

In order that we can make appropriate arrangements, we would ask that you complete the slip indicating your preferred appointment period. Please return the slip to your child’s Learning Co-ordinator.

We look forward to seeing you on the evening.

Yours faithfully

Ms J Evans

Assistant Headteacher

Year 8 Curriculum Information Evening

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to invite you to our Year 8 Curriculum Information Evening which is taking place on Thursday 11th October starting at 6:00 pm in the Main Hall. The aim of the evening is to give parents and carers an overview of this crucial year and to provide you with advice on supporting your child to maximise their potential. We anticipate that the evening will end at around 7:00 pm.

We would strongly encourage you to attend this event, as our joint working is vital in ensuring the success of all of our young people. You may have had older children through the school; however, the curriculum and assessment have undergone very significant changes in recent years.

As space is limited, we would ask please that numbers are limited to no more than two family members attending.

Parking is available in the Recreation Centre and also in the staff car park – please follow the signs near the school’s main reception. We respectfully ask those arriving by car to be mindful of our local residents and ensure that the driveways on our nearby roads are kept clear.

We look forward to seeing you.

Yours faithfully,

Mr J Cregg

Headteacher

Early Finish Thursday 27th September 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

Our Open Evening this year is to be held on Thursday 27th September 2018.  The evening is designed to give parents and carers of Year 6 Students the opportunity to look around the school and speak to staff.

In order for us to prepare for the evening, students will be allowed home at 1:15pm unless they are helping a member of staff.  A letter to this effect will be circulated to pupils who are involved in the evening.

A ‘grab bag’ will be available from the canteen for those students who are entitled to a free school lunch. Please could your child inform their Learning Co-ordinator should you wish them to take up this offer.

Please let us know in writing if these arrangements create difficulties for you and we will accommodate your child within school until the usual finish time of 3:15pm.

Yours faithfully,

Mr J Cregg
Headteacher

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