On Thursday 30th May, events are taking place around the country to raise awareness of the national SEND crisis and how the ongoing school funding issues are having a serious impact on those with SEND, their families and education providers. To highlight the issue in West Sussex, you are invited to bring a picnic (if you wish!) to The Greensward, Marine Drive, Worthing (next to the Sea Lane Cafe) between 12.30pm and 3pm. If you can click 'Going' or 'Interested' on the SEND Na
Schoolchildren ask for more than “little extras” in Christmas funding appeal to Government Hundreds of children from across Worthing have written a Christmas wish to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Education asking for extra school funding for the new year. The wishes were written on the back of Christmas tree baubles featuring Phillip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, sporting festive Santa hats. They were orga
We had a tremendous response to our call to share the Save Our Schools message at school summer fairs in West Sussex. With our fantastic ice-cream and stick of rock props (designed and made by Nora Dennehy) and enthusiastic parent reps at schools across West Sussex armed with leaflets, stickers and postcards for the children to write their wishes for their school, all that remained was for the sun to shine. And for once, it did! Take a look at our summer fairs gallery: All th
Thank you for flossing for funding with Save Our Schools (SOS) West Sussex on Friday 19 October 2018! Floss 4 Funding was a national day of action against school funding cuts. Kids and parents flossed and put it up on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. We used the hashtags #floss4funding #parentsteachersunite #budget2018 #stillnotlistening We left messages demonstrating our school community's opposition to funding cuts, and on Twitter we mentioned @DamianHinds @PhilipHammondU
Parents and school children across West Sussex are backing local headteachers who are marching in London today (Friday 28 September) for fair school funding – with local kids’ head standing in support of their heads. A number of local heads have joined more than 1,000 school leaders from across the country taking part in the Worthless campaign march on Downing Street, led by Jules White, Headteacher of Tanbridge House school in Horsham. It comes as schools across the county r
Nearly nine in ten Worthing schools have cut staff in the last year as a result of the funding crisis. A survey of local headteachers found that 87% have made cuts to directly employed staff over the last 12 months with half reducing the number of teachers, nearly 90% losing special needs support staff and 70% cutting teaching assistants. All said they have reduced the money spent on school equipment and more than half have held off carrying out work needed on school building
Local MPs have begun to assert that claims made about our schools’ funding crisis are inaccurate and refer to ‘myths’ being created (see Myth Busting: School Funding by Tim Loughton MP). However, independent analysis does not support this view. It is important that parents and our community have fair and accurate information about local schools, their funding and levels of staffing. In this article, we address each 'myth' in turn. Myth 1: The Government is cutting school fund
More than 500 people marched for fair funding for schools in West Sussex on Saturday 21 April. Local parents, school children, teachers and union representatives took to the streets of Worthing to urge the government to adequately fund schools across the county.
Schools in West Sussex are facing nearly a £9million deficit in funding as a result of rising costs and inflation levels.
Jules White, Headteacher of Tanbridge House school in Horsham and leader of the WorthLess?
We recently got in touch with our local councillors to share where we are with our campaign for fair funding and to encourage them to get involved. This is what we said. We are getting in touch with you, following our very positive recent 'Next Steps' campaign meeting, that involved many key stakeholders in the area, including parents, headteachers, teachers, local councillors and school governors. SOS West Sussex and our large and growing group of supporters feel increasingl
Local parent-led Save Our Schools West Sussex campaign group is heartened by recent signals from West Sussex County Council and MPs on school funding. While discussions and pledges are welcomed, the group urges immediate action to redress historic, long-term unfair funding levels in our schools. Time for more than words and meetings “We’ve been tirelessly campaigning for over a year on the funding issue and feel frustrated that so little progress has been made by those in pos