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Northern Ireland School Funding Briefing - Belfast

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Strandtown Primary School

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Despite rising pupil numbers in Primary and Nursery Schools in recent years, school budgets have not received investment reflective of this increasing demand. This has led to budgets being sliced ever more thinly resulting in a cut of £61 per pupil in primary schools, £83 in nursery schools for full-time pupils and £25 per pupil in real terms for post primary. Special schools numbers have been rising too but as funding is not published by the Education Authority it is very difficult to quantify the effects on our most vulnerable pupils.

In real terms what these budget reductions equate to will be staff cuts, larger class sizes, cut backs in support for children with additional needs thus resulting in further pressure on parents to subsidise resources. Essential school maintenance and refurbishment of buildings to meet the growing demand of the school population will be impossible.

This is unacceptable. NAHT(NI) are undertaking a series of campaigning initiatives and events to ensure that politicians and senior civil servants are aware of the full implications of these cuts and that they take action to address them.

These events will be public, they are for members, governors, Councillors, Assembly Members, MPs and parents to attend. It is important we get as many people along as possible to so that we can build a strong and inclusive campaign for a fair funding settlement for all schools. Please click on the appropriate event below to register your attendance. Venue details will be forwarded to you in due course.

The Belfast Event will take place on 28 September, with further events being planned later this year for Ballymena (5 October), Derry/Londonderry (16 November), Newry (7 December) and Omagh (8 February 2018).

Details of the further events will be made available shortly.


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