Tories signal they may back down on cuts to school funding

Tories signal they may back down on cuts to school funding

cuts to school funding MPs from both main parties seek clarity about education funding after pledge not to cut budgets was left out of Queen’s speech Protesters in Bristol last month campaigning against cuts to education. Photograph: Lynchpics/Alamy Live News View more sharing options Shares 176 Jessica Elgot Political reporter Wednesday 21 June 2017 20.13 BSTLast modified on Thursday 22 June 2017 00.50 BST Theresa May has indicated she is prepared to go back to the drawing board over school funding changes that Tory MPs said had been toxic on the doorstep,…

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‘Schools are in jeopardy’: teachers renew funding plea in run-up to polls

‘Schools are in jeopardy’: teachers renew funding plea in run-up to polls

Headteachers in England have called for school funding to be at the top of the political agenda in the run-up to the general election, warning that widespread budget cuts threaten to undermine the education system. As political campaigning gathered pace, teachers predicted that progress in education would stall and academic standards would start to decline if schools continued to come under “unacceptable levels of financial pressure”. Russell Hobby, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) union, called on all the parties seeking to form the next…

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New scholarship funding for MA Financial Journalism students

New scholarship funding for MA Financial Journalism students

A generous grant from the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation has secured further scholarships for students applying to the MA Financial Journalism course at City, University of London, as well as enhanced funding for the programme’s unique summer school based in New York and Shanghai. The foundation is also continuing its support for an endowed professorship in financial journalism. In total, it has pledged to contribute £550,000 over the next three years. From September 2017, up to four students will be backed each year by the new Marjorie Deane Intellectual…

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Grammar schools could ask parents for up to £40 a month to make up funding shortfalls

Grammar schools could ask parents for up to £40 a month to make up funding shortfalls

Grammar schools are considering asking parents for cash to make up budget shortfalls set to be caused by changes in funding, head teachers have warned. Families could be asked for £30 to £40 a month to ensure teaching standards do not fall, the Grammar School Heads Association (GSHA) has said. Conservative MPs have called for the Government to review the “unacceptable” reforms, which could leave some schools choosing between cutting facilities or switching off heating to keep costs down. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We have a choice, I suppose….

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Grammar schools may ask parents for donations to cover funding cuts

Grammar schools may ask parents for donations to cover funding cuts

Grammar school headteachers are threatening to seek monthly donations from parents to cover government budget cuts, joining the chorus of protests over the emerging funding crisis. The government’s plans for a revised “fair funding” formula would mean most grammar schools were worse off as a result of the changes proposed by the education secretary, Justine Greening – at a time when the government is banking on grammar school expansion as a key domestic policy aim. The Grammar School Heads’ Association said more than 100 of the existing 163 grammar schools…

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Tory donor threatens to stop funding over Brexit plans

Tory donor threatens to stop funding over Brexit plans

A major Tory donor has warned that he will stop funding the party if Theresa May’s Brexit plans involve the UK coming out of the single market. Sir Andrew Cook, who has donated more than £1.2m to the party, told The Timesthe country could “sleepwalk to disaster” if it made such a move. The engineering firm chairman said at least one of his factories was almost “entirely dependent” on access to it. Sir Andrew backed the Remain campaign in the EU referendum. He told the newspaper that the “economic arguments…

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Institute for CyberScience announces seed funding opportunity

Institute for CyberScience announces seed funding opportunity

The Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) has launched its 2017 Seed Grant Program, providing potential funding opportunities to encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects involving computation- and data-enabled science. Through this year’s program, ICS will distribute roughly $400,000 to awardees. The funds are intended to help researchers with innovative ideas to perform the preliminary work needed to pursue larger awards from external funding agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. “ICS brings together researchers from different disciplines who can leverage their unique expertise to…

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Plugging the gap: schools forced to find new sources of funding

Plugging the gap: schools forced to find new sources of funding

Latymer grammar school in north London hit the headlines recently withplans to ask parents to donate money to help with its “very significant financial shortfall”. There is an “urgency”, according to headteacher Maureen Cobbett, because of the cuts affecting the school. But Latymer isn’t alone in taking this route. Schools – facing a funding crisiscreated by real term government cuts and rising costs – are increasingly trying out new ways to plug holes in budgets. Stephen Morales, chief executive of the National Association of School Business Management, says, “You can…

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