3 April 2018
Commenting after the debate on Motion 24, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:
“Rural schools are increasingly under threat. The Government’s real terms cuts to per pupil funding mean that many rural schools are struggling to survive. The resources that these schools need haven’t been properly assessed.
“Conference is calling today on the Government to get a grip of this situation and make a commitment to protect rural schools. Ministers need to recognise how essential these schools are to their local community. When rural schools close, this affects the rural workforce and economy, hastening the deterioration of rural life.
“Parents want access to a good local school in their community. It is the Government’s responsibility to make sure every community has a school at its heart.”