Thursday, 20 January 2011

£40,000 cut for every school in Wrecsam - what the Tories want to do to education in Wales

The budget proposed by the Tories in Wales would lead to additional education funding cuts equivalent to over £40,000 per school by the financial year 2013-14, according to figures released by Plaid Cymru. The figures also show that education in Wrexham alone would lose out on an additional £3.1m.

Plaid Cymru's candidate for Wrexham in the forthcoming Welsh elections, Marc Jones, has described the Tory funding proposals as "staggering". Marc Jones said that while Plaid recognises the vital role that education will play in the future of Wales, especially in terms of the economic recovery, the Tory plans would badly let down the children of Wales and would lead to a second-class education system.
Marc Jones said:

“These figures reveal the true cost of the Tory budget proposals for schools in Wales and it is staggering. Their plans would see additional education cuts in Wrexham of more than £3.1m, this is equivalent to well over £40,000 per school by 2013-14. There would be teachers and teaching assistants losing their jobs in virtually every school in the borough.

"Thankfully the Tories - as the third party in the Assembly - are not in a position to implement their plans, which would let down Wales and Welsh children very badly indeed.

“Plaid Cymru is ambitious for education in Wales. It is vital for the future of our nation and our economy that it is made a central plank of the next government. The Tories are playing politics with our children's future."

Plaid Cymru Assembly candidate for the North Wales Region Llyr Huws Gruffydd added:

“The reality of their rhetoric would lead to schools, and learning more widely, being severely underfunded, condemning our children to a second-class education. This would have disastrous consequences for our economy and for the well being of our nation.”


Anonymous said...

When will Labour and Plaid stop scaremongering and come clean about the impact their cuts to the NHS will have on the health of the nation?

Anonymous said...

Schools would not receive a £40,000 cut each. Local education authorities would be scrapped giving more power and flexibility to schools. This would mean more funding gets to the frontline to give resource to tackle issues such as behaviour and purchase modern equipment and employ the staff they need.

Plaid Whitegate said...

75% of schools education goes directly to the school budget. The remainder is for Special Educational Needs, school transport and other specialist services that are deemed to be better provided on a borough-wide basis.

@Anon 09.34 - what's scaremongering about providing the facts about the Tory plans for education?

Anonymous said...

75% spent by schools, 25% held by the council with millions held up within the bureaucratic system!

I am glad the local Conservative candidate Paul Rogers is advocating giving more freedom for schools, something which many not just parents - but those in the profession would greatly appreciate!

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Paul Rogers is a member of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee and not once has he made any representations to me or Aled as Lead Members about the amount of money going to schools. If all monies went to schools perhaps you'd like to tell me what happens to those students who are on fixed terms exclusions? Who pays for them to be educated? Not the schools.
What happens to schools who have poor inspections? Who does the inprovement action plans, no not the schools but the LEA's School Improvement Officers. Who manages Governor appts and training? and ESW's/Youth Workers in Education/Team Around the Child. There is more to educating a chils than just teaching we have a more holistic approach. This is just an example of what an LEA does. Of course Cllr Rogers or his colleagues are welcome to discuss education within the coalition any time they wish.

Paul Rogers said...

Actually at Wednesday's Children and Young People's Scrutiny Committee I asked whether schools would receive extra resources if we are to shift away from our current system of tackling behaviour and place more emphasis on schools responsibilities on tackling anti-social behaviour.

Whilst I have never been an advocate of collaboration it could lead to savings at local, regional and national level freeing up more funding which could be given direct to schools.

Debate on education policy can go beyond the confines of the coalition.

Plaid Whitegate said...

Wxm Council is increasing the proportion of funding being given to schools.

What Cllr Rogers needs to explain is how the additional Tory budget proposals would impact on education throughout Wales. If he's proposing that the £3.1m cuts in Wxm don't impact the schools, that's £3.1m from all the additional services provided across the county.

Let's have that debate.

Johnstown said...

Plaid scaremongering once again - this time about cuts to education. I hear UNISON actually are expressing concern about the continued protection for schools in Wrexham.

Maybe Plaid Whitegate should consult with both teaching and non teaching staff in schools he see LEAs as bureuacratic and ineffective.

Councillor Rogers is quite right about savings to be made by collaborating - why do we need 6 LEAs in North Wales with 6 x Directors of Education, 6 x the amount of mangers, finance officers, school improvement officers .... the list goes on!

You would soon be at the 3 million mark needed to be saved!

Plaid Whitegate said...

Cllr Rogers says: "I have never been an advocate of collaboration".

His Anon Tory "friends" (who all have the same tendency to add an exclamation mark to their sentences!) say collaboration would save millions.

Do they ever talk to each other?

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

There is a vast amount of collaboration going on across North Wales. Adoption Service/Fostering/Local Safeguarding Children's Board and that is just Children's Services. Also School Improvement Officers across North Wales. In house we have the Transformation Board where the Tories were represented by Cllr Kenyon but he didn't want to be involved. Perhaps it would be an idea if Cllr Rogers spoke to his group leader Cllr Skelland to find out what's going on before spouting on his populist agenda and getting it wrong.

Paul Rogers said...

@ Plaid Gwersyllt - I believe in localism and will only support collaboration if there is evidence of improved services or financial savings.

Can you be more specific about what I have got wrong? I was not referring to wider childrens services. I have merely suggested savings can be made in education at local, regional and national level through collaboration?

Anonymous said...

I used to like this blog and was nearly sucked in by Plaid :( Think Paul Rogers is now the man for Clwyd South.

Anonymous said...

Tory boy Rogers is contradicting himself in two paragraphs in one he opposes collaboration in the other he advocates it. Ken Skates and Mabon ap Gwynfor will rip him apart in the hustings.

Llan One said...

Cllr Rogers says he has "never been an advocate of it" but I think he is saying he recognises there are some circumstances where it is logical.

Each case must be taken on its merits and a key issue is that the Labour-Plaid collaboration agenda is in its early stages so politicians and the public cannot evaluate whether this agenda impacts on how services are delivered.

Anonymous said...

The fact is whilst Labour and Plaid are in government it is difficult for localism to flourish. The current economic mess caused by Labour and wasteful spending in Wales by them and Plaid means collaboration is the inevitable consequence. Paul Rogers is clearly being practical.