22 February 2016
Adequate funding for Welsh schools has to be a priority for whoever forms the next Welsh Government according to the largest teaching union for qualified teachers in Wales. NUT Cymru have used their manifesto to call on the politicians seeking to form the Welsh Government after the election to secure a fair funding settlement for Wales and to channel resources into, at present, underfunded areas of education.
The union has made a series of recommendations around funding issues which it argues can, and will, make the biggest difference in terms of allowing schools to ensure pupils reach their full potential. These include.
NUT Wales Secretary, David Evans, said:
“We should make no apologies for making education spending a central theme of this election. School budgets have been stretched to breaking point and it is having a direct impact on the ability of teachers to support their pupils. As well as historic underfunding, which has seen Welsh pupils receive hundreds upon hundreds of pounds less in resources than their English counterparts; we have recently seen school spending fall for the first time in a decade, exacerbating the problem further still.
“NUT Cymru have put forward some much needed and constructive policies that are aimed at ensuring Welsh children are no longer short-changed. We want to provide the right resources for schools in order that teachers can properly be allowed to do the jobs they so passionately care about.”