Mr Evans is a well known letter writer, a leading No campaigner and an anti devolutionist.
This is my response to Mr Evans's letter:
Having lost the referendum argument Robert Evans now reverts to Welsh Government AND Local Authority bashing, “Schools sinking under local bureaucracy” (Wrexham Leader, April 1st). As with the referendum Mr Evans’s arguments are equally flawed (must be something to do with the date).
Whilst Mr Evans is right, pupil funding in Wales is less than in England but the difference is not £600, Wrecsam spent £5,408 per pupil in 2009/10, whilst Cheshire spent £5,643 and Shropshire spent £5,580 per pupil. The reason for the difference is that Welsh Local Education Authorities retain about 15% of the schools budget to provide additional support to schools like School Improvement Officers, Educational Social Workers and Educational Psychologists. Schools in England have to buy these services in from their devolved budgets.
Mr Evans is wrong to think that more money will improve education and this is exemplified by the fact that Vale of Glamorgan has the lowest spend per pupil but the best results whilst Blaenau Gwent with the highest spend per pupil has some of the worst results which indicates that achievement in school has more to do with deprivation and child poverty than actual spend. A package of measures is needed to improve educational attainment in Wales with the priority being on a holistic approach towards the child and not a narrow focus on just pupil funding.
The way things are going in England education is well on its way to being privatised which will lead to massive inequality of opportunity. We seek to ensure that taxpayers money is used to educate and not to profit private enterprises in the running of our schools.
We should all endeavour to challenge inaccuracies in the press on each and every opportunity.