17-7-2018 Conservatives at Herts county council today withdrew a motion opposing the Labour Group motion below.
“Despite a year long national campaign for increased and appropriate resourcing for schools, things have only got worse across Hertfordshire and Head teachers in a number of areas have been forced to write to parents to warn them of further reductions in teaching staff, classroom assistants, school trips and extra curricular activities. Of enormous concern is the removal of access to previously available curriculum areas at both GCSE and A level.
When our totally dedicated head teachers and the Hertfordshire Schools Forum are expressing continuing and alarming concern over their resources to teach our children it is vital that government re-thinks its funding decisions and recognises that continuing austerity is simply unacceptable in our children’s education. The Executive Members for Children, Young People and Families. Education, Libraries and Localism are requested to make urgent representations to the Minister of State for Education, Damian Hinds and the Schools Minister Nick Gibb to make this clear on behalf of teachers, schools, parents and students of all Hertfordshire and to ask for immediate action to improve funding to our schools in order that we may fulfil the vision of our plan for Children and Young People 2018-2021.”
Stevenage Labour Party offers it congratulations and support to the Labour Group at Hertfordshire County Hall.
Jill Borcherds, Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Stevenage said “This is great news that HCC are actually acknowledging the reality of austerity for all children in Hertfordshire schools.
Congratulations to Hitchin Parents Against School Cuts for helping to highlight this issue – I was delighted to join them last Saturday morning on their busy street stall talking to concerned shoppers in Hitchin Market Square”
Meanwhile, as the end of term approaches, Education Secretary Damian Hinds needs to end the current uncertainty over teachers pay for September so that Headteachers and Governors can plan for the new school year.”