Children at Birmingham school to spend less time learning due to Tory funding cuts

A Birmingham school plans to slash two and a half hours’ teaching time from children each week because of Tory cuts.


Selly Oak Trust School has written to parents explaining that the school day will be 30 minutes shorter from September.


Parent Steve told Socialist Worker, “This is a special school for children with moderate educational needs. If anybody needs extra help, it’s children like my lad.


“They often skirt around cuts by saying they’re going to make efficiencies. But this will have a direct impact. Two and a half hours a week is not trivial.”


The cuts have been announced as the Tories prepare to impose their so-called fair funding formula on schools in England. It will snatch some £3 billion from schools every year by 2020 if it goes ahead.


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