Cumbria's schools face 'significant financial changes'

Some Cumbrian schools could face significant financial challenges because of changes to the way funding is allocated, according to the leader of Cumbria County Council. The changes are the result of a Government shake up.

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MP invites Education Ministers to Cumbria

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has today written to Education Ministers Michael Gove and David Laws urging them to come to Cumbria to meet with teachers, parents and staff about the plans to change the funding formula for schools.

Some schools could potentially lose up to 31%, while some could gain 25%. There will be a two-year transition period during which no school’s budget could decrease by more than 1.5 %. The full effect will not be felt until 2015/16.

Mr Farron is arranging meetings with affected head teachers.

He is also calling together all the county’s MP’s and County Council leader Eddie Martin to a high level summit to form a plan to overcome the potential funding crisis.

The consultation into the plans runs until October 19.

Tim said:

“I have been contacted by teachers and parents who are very worried about these plans. I share their concerns and I am doing everything I possibly can on this. Our community campaign can and must win – our schools need us to win this fight.

“I am urging Mr Gove and Mr Laws to visit us in Cumbria to meet teachers, staff and parents and hear their concerns. I am utterly determined that we will fix this crisis, our community here has a wonderful track record of pulling together and winning campaigns for our area, I know that working together we will save our schools.”

– Tim Farron MP

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