April - May 2017
Watching the exceptional progress of Haringey’s schools – as they go from strength-to-strength and deliver the very best for our young people – is undoubtedly one of the highlights of being council leader.
All of Haringey's secondary and special schools and 97% of primary schools are now rated as either ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted – and our great progress was celebrated last month when the council won the prestigious children’s services prize at the LGC awards in recognition of improvements across the board in education.
Winning the LGC award is a huge achievement. The judges praised the commitment, innovation and hard work that has seen the borough's schools' community working so well together to drive up standards in all aspects of education. The award is testament to the tremendous efforts of the council's schools' teram and of heads, teachers, support staff and governors across Haringey.
There is so much to admire in the borough, where the hard work of teachers, governors, support staff and pupils means standards have never been higher.
I’m proud of Haringey’s schools. And I’m proud that the recent national campaign against the government’s new National Funding Formula was born here in the borough.
Proposals tabled by the Department for Education would see Haringey’s schools, like the majority across London, lose more than 10 percent from their annual budgets. The impact on our schools cannot be understated – they will be forced to make devastating decisions to enable them to balance the books, and children will lose out.
We are determined that Haringey be a place where all young people can fulfil their potential, and we want each generation of children in our borough to enjoy even greater opportunities than the generation before them.
That’s why the fair funding campaign is so important. Its central request has been for the DfE to make an additional £335million – just one percent of their annual schools’ budget – available to ensure that no school in the country loses out financially as a result of the funding changes.
The government will feedback on its findings this summer and I want to thank every parent, teacher and school that has backed the campaign and responded to the consultation.
It has been heartening to see our community come together to say, loud and clear, that the proposals are not good enough. The noise made by parents and schools here in Haringey has been impossible to ignore; I hope that the government has listened.
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