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A Pupil's Letter to Justin Greening about the budget cuts

Avrupa Times/London-School funding cuts are threatening to undermine the quality of education in England’s classrooms, putting children’s academic progress at risk as head teachers struggle to find savings, finds a highly critical report.Justine Greening was appointed Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities on 14 July 2016. Thornhill Primary School in Islington sent a leter to the Secretary of State for Education. Here is the letters from pupils.


Dear Justin Greening, I am writing to you to alert you about the budget cuts.  I must say that I am opposed to these planned changes. Thornhill’s budget will shrink to £ 274.000, and as a result, the government will have devastating consequences for children’s learning. 98%-supported arguments with statics of schools are facing significant budget reductions by 2019. As a whole school we think these budget reductions not take place. The government proposal will result in a negative change.

Firstly, if this budget reduction takes place this will have a huge impact on quality and the breadth of education; class sizes and after school clubs will be affected. Parents will also have to contribute money to improve resources. These cuts will upset the entire school community.


I hope you can see that the changes that the government are proposing will only have negative consequences for our country and schools, despite making us more similar to our neighboring countries. Please consider my points carefully before making a final decision.


If these budget cuts take place it will be equivalent to an 11% reduction; impacting on the loss of the loss of 7 teacher salaries. Therefore schools will have no choice but to send away most of there hard working and most experienced staff.


Yours sincerely

Ruya Oz (year 5 pupil).





Dear Justine Greening,

I am writing to you to update you on my opinion on your unjust decision to cut schools funding.


I must say admit that I am strongly opposed to these planned changes. I understand that by having less money, the government can’t help but deliver smaller budgets to schools across the U.K but when I heard that the standing proposal was of £ 274,000 I was appalled and started to wonder whether schools that train the future of Britain are a minor concern. Well, I definitely think differently and have, many reasons to support my opinion.


Firstly, at Thornhill primary school all members of staff are extremely dedicated to all the children. These budget cuts are equivalent to an11% reduction and is the same amount to 7 teacher salaries, meaning that the school will have no choice but to send away some of the most exceptionally hard working staff. This would have an immense impact on the student potential as well as the quality and breadth of learning that the school will be able to deliver to student.


Furthermore, these cuts will badly affect the after school activities that many schools including Thornhill have to offer. These cuts would mean that after school clubs might not be possible. They may also mean shorter school days and less learning. Shorter school days would lower student potential and provided a less promising future for everyone.


In the meantime I hope you make the right decision. It is my ambition that from this letter you have understood the disastrous consequences these plans would have on everyone if your making a final decision. 


Thornhill Primary School

Thornhill Road 

Islington, London

N1 1HX 


Dear Justine Greening,


I am sure that you are already fully aware of the budget cuts taking place in schools around the U.K. I am alerting you on my opinions of these cuts. I think they are bad for the education of children in schools across devastating cuts of around £274,000!  By 2019, the entire borough of Islington will be facing restrictions of around £12.5 million. Thornhill, this is a cut of an 11%, the same of seven teacher salaries! On my school behalf, I am requesting a re-think on think on this proposal. A first reason is that children will be haring to leave school earlier as teachers wont be paid for as long. Some children may appreciate this fact, but really, there are many negative reasons. To begin with, children will not become the well-educated adults we know today. This is because there will be less chance to complete the average amount of learning each day. Secondly, many parents work throughput the day, meaning that childcare and after school clubs will have to be organized.


Furthermore, schools will not be able to afford as much stationary maybe even meaning that pupils will have to bring in there own stationary. Sadly not all children can afford the correct equipment. 


These budget cuts may even result in class sizes increasing, affecting many students who need assistance as teachers will pay more attention to other students. Also, the removal of teacher may occur, immediately reducing the amount of children who receive help.


To conclude, I am advising you to reconsider your proposal, taking into all accounts the facts I have provided you. Think about the consequences it will have on thousands of children.


Please change your budget cuts and reason with your fellow parliament


Dear Justine greening,

I’ve been notified regarding the £274,000 cuts to primary school budgets all across England, including Thornhill.


This isn’t fair it’s the equivalent to 7, dedicated teachers wages. This is restricting; children have to receive a good education. In my opinion, this is very appalling decision.


Firstly, this would mean there would be less school trips and authorized fun things outside of school. Not only that, but there wont be any after school clubs.


Secondly, Islington as a borough will be facing a loss of 12.5 million pounds. Meaning school days earlier. Therefore earning less money and resulting in children learning less skills working towards there dream jobs. Eventually, the curriculum will be reduced in size. Leading to less art and D.T. 


Even at my young age I know that schools need to face cuts, but this is too much and something needs to change. This can only reflect badly on the education of young people.


A student from year 5 comets class 

Thornhill Primary School. 


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