Dear Parent/Carer

Update – School Funding Campaign

First, thank you for the huge support that you gave to Headteachers who campaigned for improved school funding at Westminster on Friday 28 September. Over 2000 head teachers attended in London with many more supporting their actions too

It is clear from the emails that colleagues and I received that parents overwhelmingly support the need for much improved investment in our schools.   As soon as we receive a reply from the chancellor, we will let you know. I am sure everyone will watch with interest to see how he responds to our requests during the Autumn Statement (Budget) on Monday 29 October.

Headteachers across the country hope very much that the Government and the Department for Education, in particular, will stop providing parents and the wider public with misleading information about spending on schools. It is neither helpful nor fair that schools and families are treated in this way and the articles below clearly confirm that this must stop.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45746062

https://www.tes.com/news/greening-treasury-sees-education-cost-not-investment

The Worth Less? campaign has always used independently sourced evidence and this has given strength to our campaign work.   Frankly, it is entirely wrong to suggest that Government spending on schools is much higher than in other comparable countries, when the Department for Education tries to include spending by families on university tuition fees (loans to students) and independent (private) school fees. This adds billions of pounds to headline data but has absolutely no effect on funding for our schools. It is a completely unacceptable way of defending real term cuts.

Parents have also asked how they can support the drive for improved funding. In light of this we are able to let you know that parent groups will be lobbying parliament on 10 October and there will also be a national day of parental action on 19 October. For more information please use the hashtag #parentsteachersunite on Twitter or Facebook.

We would again like to thank you for your support and confirm that our campaign will remain reasonable and determined with a single goal of ensuring that every school and pupil receive a much better deal in the near future.

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

PROPOSED EAST SUSSEX VERSION

Dear Parent/Carer

Update – School Funding Campaign

First, thank you for the huge support that you gave to Headteachers who campaigned for improved school funding at Westminster on Friday 28 September. Over 2000 head teachers attended in London with many more supporting their actions too

It is clear from the emails that colleagues and I received that parents overwhelmingly support the need for much improved investment in our schools.   As soon as we receive a reply from the chancellor, we will let you know. I am sure everyone will watch with interest to see how he responds to our requests during the Autumn Statement (Budget) on Monday 29 October. In anticipation of any further announcements regarding school funding, I include a link here to a short Fact Checker on information you may have seen already.

Parents have also asked how they can support the drive for improved funding. In light of this, we are able to let you know that parent groups will be lobbying parliament on 10 October and there will be a national day of parental action on 19 October. For more information, please use the hashtag #parentsteachersunite on Twitter or Facebook.

We would again like to thank you for your support and confirm that our campaign will remain reasonable and determined with a single goal of ensuring that every school and pupil receive a much better deal in the near future.

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

Fact Check

Headteachers across the country hope very much that the Government and the Department for Education, in particular, will ensure parents and the wider public are provided with accurate information about spending on schools. The articles below provide further information and clarification on claims issued recently that the UK was “third highest spender on education in the world”.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45746062

https://www.tes.com/news/greening-treasury-sees-education-cost-not-investment

The Worth Less? campaign has always used independently sourced evidence and this has given strength to our campaign work.   It is not accurate to suggest that Government spending on schools is much higher than in other comparable countries, when the Department for Education has included spending by families on university tuition fees (loans to students) and independent (private) school fees. This adds billions of pounds to headline data but has absolutely no effect on funding for our schools who are accepted to be managing real terms cuts of 8% since 2010, as confirmed by The National Audit Office and the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

This is a Q&A for parents and carers of UTC@harbourside students, and those taking adult courses.

My child is a year 9 pupil who was planning to enroll on a course at the UTC in September – what happens now?
The first step is to talk to your child’s current school. The head teacher will know about the announcement to close the UTC. Unless you decide otherwise, your son or daughter will remain a pupil at their current school. They will be able to talk you through options they can offer.
For further advice your local authority can help. If you live in East Sussex you can telephone the Youth Employability Service for further advice and guidance. The number is 01323 410803 and their website is https://www.c360.org.uk/education/careers/YES. If you live in Brighton and Hove you can contact the School Admission team at Schooladmissions@brighton-hove.gov.uk or by phone on (01273) 293653
My child is currently home schooled and was hoping to attend the UTC from September – what happens now?
If your son or daughter is currently home schooled there is nothing to stop you continuing with that arrangement now that the UTC place is no longer available. However, if you are looking for alterative options to the UTC your first step should be to talk to the local admissions team for your local authority. For East Sussex the number if 0300 330 9472. If you live in Brighton and Hove the number is (01273) 293653.
My son or daughter was hoping to start their A level/BTEC course at the UTC in September – I’m worried they won’t get a place anywhere else?
We have been working very closely with East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council to ensure that there will be support for students who accepted an offer to study A Levels/BTEC at the UTC. Your first step should be to speak to your son or daughter’s current school who may be able to offer advice and guidance.
If your son or daughter is currently a Year 11 student at the UTC we will work very hard to find them alternative placements and are already having conversations with local FE colleges about making sure they will accept late
applications.
An adviser from the local authority and the UTC will be putting on one – to – one sessions at Harbourside in the next few days. We will email out more information in due course.
For further advice your local authority can help. If you live in East Sussex you can telephone the Youth Employability Service for further advice and guidance. The number is 01323 410803 and their website is https://www.c360.org.uk/education/careers/YES.
If you live in Brighton and Hove you can access information from https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/support-and-activities-young-people/youth-employability-service via
email: youthemployabilityservice@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone: 01273 294247
My son or daughter is enrolled onto a one year TCS college course at the UTC – is it still going ahead?
The course will go ahead as planned. Your son or daughter will receive their induction pack shortly.
My son or daughter is due to start Year 11 in September – will they still be able to take their GCSEs?
Our focus now is on ensuring every single student gets the best education and that they can complete all of their exam subjects next academic year.
This has the potential to be a great year with specialist staff on hand to offer one – to – one support and guidance. We will wherever possible honour all existing commitments.
My son or daughter is due to start Year 13 in September – I’m worried that you won’t be able to offer all the courses?
Our focus now is on ensuring every single student gets the best education and that they can complete all of their exam subjects next academic year. This has the potential to be a great year with specialist staff on hand to offer one -to – one support and guidance. We will wherever possible honour all existing commitments.
My son or daughter has taken examinations this year and was planning a gap year. If the UTC closes next year will they be able to get an academic reference in the future?
The Trust will make proper arrangements for the retention and safekeeping of pupil records. This will include being able to draw on those records to provide academic references for all past and present students as requested. Further information will be circulated once the arrangements are in place.
Adult Learners
I’m due to start an adult education course in September – is it still going ahead?
Yes. The course will go ahead as planned. Your will receive your induction pack shortly.
Other:
What will happen to the UTC building?
The Department of Education will be consulting on the future of the building in September and will make a decision later in the year.
Will students still be doing work experience placements?
The work experience places planned for July 2018 are still going ahead. They have been delayed for a day to allow UTC staff and leaders to brief the students about the closure. Work experience for students in 2019 will go ahead normally. I have applied for a course in the Technical Skill Centre, will that still run? All of the courses in the Technical Skills Centre (plumbing studies, heating and electrical installation) will continue to run, and are currently recruiting for September 2018.