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Teacher's unions claim that a government plan to change the way
schools are funded could mean the region's schools will face
Hundreds of headteachers have joined a major campaign
In Devon, the county council says almost two thirds of children
will lose out if the fairer funding formula gets the go ahead.
With the details here's our political reporter, Anna Varle.
It's never too young to get engaged in current affairs.
But this school is amongst hundreds across the region which is taking
politics out of the classroom and direct to Westminster.
In Devon, pupils like me are currently worth ?290 less
To make it fairer, the government is looking at changing
What we're trying to do is make sure that every single child,
wherever they're growing up in England gets the same amount
of funding, with then top up in relation to additional needs,
whether it's in relation to deprivation, which has been based
on out of date data up until now, or indeed additional funding
But Devon County Council is one local authority which has
And it says, far from being better off, 61.9%
Why should a Devon child be worth that much less than somebody
The government's got to do something about it.
Unions claim the formula, coupled with increasing
costs such as inflation, could lead to the region's schools
being ?105 million worse off in the next three years.
Which will result in fewer teachers and larger class sizes.
That's why headteachers across Devon and Cornwall are sending out letters
to parents asking them to get involved and write to their MP.
You can't sit there and say that it's the school's job to do
Your children go over, so you've got a bit of a responsibility
to make sure you support the school your children go to.
The more pressure we put on, hopefully the more
Even Devon's Tory MPs are threatening to oppose
If these proposals are adopted, we're going to have 15
primary schools gaining, 20 losing out, and all the secondary
This is clearly neither fair nor acceptable.
The government says that under this new formula,
schools in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset will benefit.
The consultation runs until the 22nd of March,
and it's keen to hear from parents, schools, governors -
And Sunday Politics is on at 11.00am on Sunday morning here on BBC One,
with guests Peregrine Mears, Sheryl Murray and Gareth Derrick.
How have we arrived at the situation where some schools say they will
have left? Who does vary from one local
authority to another and also from one school to another. Some think
that overall they will gain from the changes but of course there will be
winners and losers between individual schools. A similar
situation in Somerset. Devon has historically been one of the worst
funded authorities in the country and it clearly feels that overall it
will emerge even worse off if these proposals go through and one Devon
MP said in Parliament recently after all of the years of campaigning, to
get this situation changed, to get a fairer result as they see it in
Devon, nobody really anticipated that when the James finally
happened, coming out the other side with Devon being worse off. Devon is
far from alone. There are lots of very angry MPs in Westminster from
other rural parts of the country that say when you add up the figures
schools in their areas are going to be worse off as well.
Thank you very much for joining us. And Sunday Politics is on at 11.00am
on Sunday morning here on BBC One, with guests Peregrine Mears,
Sheryl Murray and Gareth Derrick. A swan has been killed in Exeter
in what police say appears The body of the swan was found
earlier this week and the news has shocked and angered people
who regularly visit and feed them. The birds are a protected species
and it's illegal to harm them. If it is, you know,
a person that has done this, It does unfortunately happen
to swans, swans do get attacked and of course
it is against the law. All wild birds in the UK
are protected under the wildlife countryside act so if people do see
any crime against birds, please, Tomorrow's football could provide
what's been described by some as the biggest Devon Derby ever
between Plymouth Argyle While Argyle may be nine points
ahead of their rivals, the Grecians are in top form,
having won their last seven games. We have to get the balance right
between being overconfident and not. Somewhere in the middle
is what is best. I think we have earned
the opportunity to be optimistic, but we have got
to be really careful. Always a derby match is a special
occasion for the whole area. And for a manager and players,
it is no different. There will be a full house
here tomorrow and both sets of supporters and
players are ready for it. And there'll be full commentary
of that match on BBC Radio Devon. The colour of our weather
at the moment is definitely blue. A widespread frost overnight tonight
and a bitterly cold day tomorrow We are importing some
pretty low temperatures The weather front trapped
in the flow introducing thick enough cloud for a few
wintry showers. Some overnight tonight,
but not many, and enough clear skies to get those temperatures fairly
low, down as low as minus two So a frost first thing tomorrow
morning and the best of the sunshine across the more western parts
of our region, certainly Cornwall Further east there is quite thick
cloud and capable of producing some sleet or snow showers
during the day. Some of us getting away with some
sunny spells but look at the temperatures,
no more than three or four degrees With that cold wind as well
it is going to feel bitterly cold. And that cold wind again is with us
on Sunday but there is a pool of slightly less cold air
across southern parts of France and gradually that
will move northwards, not on Sunday though,
Sunday is another cold day and another very blustery day
with a high wind chill. By the time we get into Tuesday
and more especially Wednesday of next week then we start to see
temperatures come back. Monday could well be a bright
and dry and windy day but at least the temperatures
are starting to recover. Double figures by the time we get
to Tuesday and Wednesday. There'll be more from the Spotlight
team, at the earlier time And don't forget, full coverage
of the big Devon Derby exception to that rule probably over
the hills where again there could be a bit of snow, but not accumulating.
Another cold However I paint this weekend's
picture, I'll need a palette of grey. Thereby a a lot of cloud
around but I managed to find some sunshine. I don't know how but there
was a couple of hours towards the south-west in Cornwall, a beautiful
day. The south-west saw glimpses of sunshine. Further east, cloudy, cold
and grey with winds off the North seep and a scattering of wintry
showers. Yes, rain sleet and snow, a dusting at lower levels through the