North Norfolk schools facing massive funding shortfall under the Tories

Across Norfolk schools are facing a funding shortfall of £29 million with small primary schools worst hit.


Karen Ward and colleagues help with an environment project with Worsted Primary School.


Many primary schools in North Norfolk are suffering the continuing Tory cuts in education spending forcing cuts to teaching and ancillary staff and less spending on essential resources and building maintenance.

Tory spending promises offer nothing but a further cut in per pupil funding and it is our children and grandchildren who will suffer.

Locally Northrepps Primary School has a budget shortfall of almost £71,000 and has seen per pupil funding cut by £2,146 since 2015. Catfield Primary has an even bigger shortfall of almost £97,000 and a per pupil budget cut of £1514 (data from EDP 28/11/19). The situation is similar in many of our village schools, the essential heart of many rural communities.

The position is no better in secondary schools. Alderman Peel High School in Wells has seen a per pupil loss of £926 leading to a funding shortfall of almost £468,000. How can underfunded schools be expected provide the high quality of education for which teachers and school leaders strive?

The failure of the Tories to properly fund state education is a scandal. It damages the chances of our young people and deprives them of the learning and skills needed for the rapidly changing demands of the economy. Vote Tory, get austerity.

Liberal Democrats have pledged to properly fund education and to train an additional 20,000 teachers. We recognise that a well educated workforce is fundamental to a vibrant economy and personal well-being. We will not stand by and see the educational opportunities of the young people of North Norfolk damaged by inadequate funding.










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