January 18th 2018
Southwark Primary School
Caroline Scott – spoke about her work as Director, Author and Trainer for Communication Across Cultures and The Learning Village;
Dermot Bryers – CEO of English for Action;
Anita Conradi – had collated the responses to her request for information about school cuts at the September meeting and reported that all 84 schools in Southwark face cuts. By 2020 £19.3 million will be lost from school budgets, which means a loss of £547 per pupil and 359 teachers’ jobs. Half of the respondents reported cuts in the number of teachers and teaching assistants in their schools already, which indicates that EAL provision is beginning to be affected. This is evidence that the most vulnerable of our pupils – those with EAL or with other additional needs – are in danger of being disproportionately affected so it is important that we make every effort to draw public attention to this in every way we can!