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NASUWT reveals pupil funding gap

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Welsh pupils ‘shortchanged’: NASUWT

FOLLOWING the Welsh Party Political Conferences, where delegates were asked by the NASUWT to estimate the per-pupil funding gap between schools in Wales and England, the NASUWT can reveal that in 2014 the gap, on average, stood at £843.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Wales, said:

“In 2010, the per-pupil funding gap stood at £604 before the Welsh Government stopped publishing this data, because comparison with England had become too difficult due the emerging academies and free schools programme.

“However, the NASUWT has interrogated the 2014 school funding data that is available in both England and Wales and has established that, on average, the per-pupil funding gap had increased to £843.

“This represents an underinvestment in schools to the tune of £380m.

“If just half of this money had been put into schools, some 4,400 additional teachers, or a combination of teachers and support staff, could have been employed.

“Instead, 776 teaching posts have been cut across schools in Wales since 2010.

“The immediate challenge for the next Welsh Government will be to address the years of underinvestment that have blighted the education system and caused untold misery to those teachers and support staff who have either seen their workload increase or have lost jobs through redundancy.

“If the ambition for the New Curriculum for pupils and the New Deal for the continuing professional development of education practitioners in Wales is to be realised, then this challenge on school funding must be addressed as a matter of priority.”

Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official for Wales, said: “On average delegates across the Political Party Conference estimated the per-pupil funding gap to stand at £1,274.

“Although significantly higher than the £843 identified through our research, the delegates figure presents an uncannily accurate reflection of the per-pupil funding gap between our maintained schools in Wales and the academies in England that stood at £1,287 in 2014.

“Pupils in Wales have been shortchanged for far too long, too many subjects have been abandoned, and too many teachers have lost their livelihoods as a result.

“The challenge facing the next administration at the Senned is to make sure that the ‘Welsh Way’ will be to concentrate on ensuring that the years of underfunding of our schools in Wales is brought to an end, so that our pupils can be provided with the best life-chances.”

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Teacher’s gruelling challenge to help visually impaired child

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TEACHER Sion Jenkins is running 100 laps around a famous Pembrokeshire landmark to raise money to help a visually impaired child in his class.

He is aiming to raise £2,000 on crowd funder platform Go Fund Me by doing laps of Carew Castle and Mill in just 24 hours, about one hundred miles in total.

Sion said: “I decided that I wanted to raise money to help purchase a trike/adapted bike to help a visually impaired child in my class.

“Due to his sight, he isn’t able to ride a bike – and is desperate to gain some independence/confidence and ride a bike like every other child.

“On the back of a challenge set by school, to complete the ‘100 challenge’ as a tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, I decided to tie the two together and have a go at completing this gruelling challenge.

“100 laps of Carew Castle and Mill will total just under 100 miles – in less than 24 hours.”

If you would like to contribute to this epic challenge this is the link:

https://uk.gofundme.com/f/carew-mill-100-laps-in-24-hours?

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Schools partnership promotes the benefits of outdoor learning

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OUTDOOR learning across the county has received a welcome boost over the past 12 months as a result of additional funding secured by the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools (PODS) project, which has covered the cost of a Co-ordinator working directly with schools.

Thanks to financial backing from the People’s Postcode Local Trust and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust, the PODS Co-ordinator has been able to help with the delivery of high quality, curriculum-linked learning experiences in school grounds and local outdoor spaces.

Part of the Co-ordinator’s role is also to bring together local and national organisations, including Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Discovery team, teachers and head teachers. Pooling their diverse knowledge and expertise, the partnership seeks to share good practice and promote the benefits of taking lessons outdoors.

Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools Co-ordinator Bryony Rees said: “Last summer, the Welsh Government recognised the importance of outdoor learning in the post-lockdown return to school. We have been working hard to support this by giving children and teachers increased opportunities to take their learning outdoors.

“We have already engaged with a number of schools across Pembrokeshire and produced some live webinars. Supporting resources for these can be found on HWB. This has made it possible to reach out to even more schools with practical information, inspiration and advice on delivering outdoor learning programmes.

“Several schools have taken the opportunity to develop their school grounds to support outdoor learning and more recently, Neyland Community School has introduced outdoor lessons every Friday.”

During the most recent lockdown, work has continued online and the PODS website has been developed to provide teachers with some learning resources. Outdoor learning ideas and inspiration for teachers and parents are also shared on the PODS Facebook page (Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools) and on Twitter @PembsOutdoorSch.

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Education announcement welcomed by Pembrokeshire County Council

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THE LOCAL AUTHORITY has said that it welcomes the Welsh Government’s announcement today (Friday, 29th January) that schools will be the first to reopen when Wales’ current lockdown restrictions are lifted.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that the ‘alert level four’ restrictions will remain in Wales for three more weeks but following that period, there would be a ‘phased and flexible back-to-school approach if coronavirus cases continue to fall’.

He said primary school children would be the first to return, if the public health situation continues to improve, and that students studying vocational qualifications would also be among those prioritised for the phased return to colleges.

Mr Drakeford said: “We’ve seen a really welcome fall in cases of the virus all over Wales, but they are still too high and the NHS continues to be under intense pressure.

“We need to keep the lockdown restrictions in place for a little while longer to help us bring rates of the virus down further. If we can do this, we will create the headroom we need to get children back to school after half term – starting with the youngest at primary schools.

“We will work with teachers, colleges, local authorities to plan for the safe return of children to school over the next couple of weeks and keep parents updated.”

Pembrokeshire’s Director of Education, Steven Richards-Downes, will be meeting virtually with Welsh Government ministers today together with other Education Directors.

Mr Richards-Downes said: “We welcome the Welsh Government’s statement that schools will be the first to reopen, whenever that may be.

“We will continue to work directly with unions, headteachers, governing bodies and other Council services to ensure that schools are Covid-safe when they are re-opened.

“Distance learning will continue for now and parents should contact their schools directly if they have any queries regarding this.”

He added: “Any parent experiencing difficulties with digital exclusion should contact their school directly.

Free school meals payments will continue to be paid to families who have applied for them, as planned. The next payments will be made on Thursday, 4th February.

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