The WorthLess? Campaign, set up by schools across West Sussex, is working to change the unfair funding model that means that West Sussex pupils receive considerably less Government funding towards their education than other parts of the country. The campaign is also seeking to gain interim funding from Central Government to help schools in West Sussex cope with current funding inequalities.
West Sussex County Council - the local education authority – and others have lobbied hard on the issue and have managed to secure a review to establish a new formula for funding of the counties schools, but alone that is not enough as it is feared any future formula could be compromised and also take years to implement. In the interim, the County has been offered just £1m of education support for the next 12 months.
The additional £1m equates to less than £10 per pupil per year. In order to be in line with education funding in other parts of the country, West Sussex schools would have to receive a considerably higher amount - £400 per pupil per year, or £40m per year – and it is this disparity that has resulted in head teacher from all primary and secondary schools in the county to join forces by launching the WorthLess? Campaign.
Although parents, carers and educators have already attracted widespread support on social media, more is needed. Anyone interested in finding out more, or supporting the campaign is encouraged to ‘like’ and share posts on the WorthLess? Facebook page, as well as sharing on all other social media platforms. Arundel & South Downs CLP supports the campaign, and urge all members and supporters to do the same.
WorthLess? link here: https://www.facebook.com/WorthLessWestSussex/