Enjoy a peaceful and happy holiday.
Enjoy a peaceful and happy holiday.
Devon MPs urge the Chancellor to increase education funding and make it fairer
Devon MPs are joining a new national campaign for fairer funding for schools. A number of MPs from across the county have joined the campaign for better funding for education with more money for special needs. More than 80 MPs from all parties have written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond urging him to increase funding before permanent damage is done to the education of children across England.
South West Devon MP Gary Streeter is one of the vice chairs of the f40 education fair funding campaign group. He has been joined by North Devon MP, Peter Heaton-Jones, Newton Abbot MP, Anne Marie-Morris, Exeter MP, Ben Bradshaw, and Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston, in asking the Chancellor to invest more cash into education and to make the National Funding Formula fairer. The MPs are urging the Chancellor to make education a top priority in this year’s Comprehensive Spending Review of government expenditure. They say he should:
The letter states: “The f40 group continues to have fundamental concerns about the new funding formula. We believe the Government has replaced one unfair system with another, as some of the historic unfairness has been locked into the new formula.”
“We are concerned that the formula does not give enough basic entitlement to schools and allows too much for add-ons, enabling big differences in funding to occur between different local authorities and schools.” They also say they have grave concerns about a lack of funding in schools and the growing crisis in the High Needs sector, with many schools and local authorities reporting huge deficits in funding for children with special educational needs.
Devon County Council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for schools, James McInnes, is the national chairman of f40. He said Devon is one of the worst funded councils in the country with every child in one of the county’s schools worth £294 less than the national average. “We welcome the new national funding formula and it has made a difference but it’s not right yet. We are absolutely committed to getting a fair funding formula across the country. We must ensure the amount per child is enough to run a school. Currently schools are relying on all sorts of add-ons to be able to keep the doors open and that has to change.” Mr McInnes said the Government not only had to fund schools properly but it was absolutely vital they put more money into special needs education as well.
Pepperdon head off to Bellever
Fantastic sports day today- the children did us proud!
Our school is closed today (February 1st) due to the weather conditions.
A reminder that the directors of South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust are currently consulting on a proposal to join Education South West and are keen to hear your thoughts on this. There are still a number of meetings taking place (see dates below) and parents are welcome to attend any of them. If you are unable to attend and wish to comment you can email email@example.com.
Thurs 10th Jan - Buckfastleigh Primary School – 5pm
Fri 11th Jan – Moretonhampstead Primary School – 2.30pm
Tues 15th Jan – Ilsington C of E Primary – 5pm
Tues 15th Jan – Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary – 6pm
Thurs 17th Jan – South Dartmoor Community College (main hall) – 6pm (NB this is an additional meeting as some parents were unable to attend the earlier one)
With regards, Rachel Shaw
Please find attached a letter for your attention from the South Dartmoor Academy Board of Directors regarding a potential merger with Education South West.
Butterdon have been looking at rock anthems in their music this term. On Friday they entertained everyone with their performance of Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" at the end of celebration assembly.
Butterdon have been using their knowledge of the properties of materials to design a container that will keep a drink cold. After their initial tests to discover which material was the best insulator, today they made their designs. Next week they will test them to see which design is the most effective.
Butterdon's topic homework challenge was to show what they had learnt about Tudor times in a creative way.
Isabelle's cake showing a range of Tudor punishments was truly creative, as well as being delicious!
Well done Isabelle for taking up the challenge!
The school choir were lucky enough to have been invited to perform at the Food Festival at a Powderham Castle last weekend. They sang a number of songs both with and without Bovey Tracey Primary School and sounded wonderful on beautiful sunny Sunday. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Downton and all the parents who brought their children along.
Mardon enjoyed working with their learning partners to make a simple circuit with a buzzer and a switch. This was then used in a quiz all about electricity, they had to buzz in if they knew the answer. They have learnt how to make a simple circuit, how to draw the basic components in a circuit diagram, how to keep safe around electricity and they have tested different materials to see if their predictions were right about them being an insulator or conductor. I'm sure they might even correct you if you ask for a battery...ask your child what a single battery should be referred to scientifically!