16th Oct, 2018

Debate about budget cuts to Malvern schools to take place next month

Malvern Editorial 13th Feb, 2018

A DEBATE about the impact of budget cuts on Malvern schools will take place at Landsowne Crescent Methodist Church from 7.45pm to 9pm on March 17.

Debate organiser Barry Jones said a panel of senior local headteachers, church schools and trade union leaders would be discussing the issue in a question time style debate. It will be chaired by Malvern Mayor Coun Cynthia Palmer and pose the question: Education budget cuts: How will Malvern schools cope?

The evening will enable parents, teachers, school governors and other members of the public to put questions, make comments and express concerns about reduction in future learning opportunities for pupils and students in local schools as well as for their general wellbeing.

It is believed teacher and ancillary staff jobs could now be at risk.

The panel will include Stuart Sewell, former long-standing Malvern primary school headteacher and recent CEO of the local multi-academy educational trust MET responsible for three primary schools in Malvern, along with Sean McCauley, joint divisional secretary of the National Education Union (NUT section) Worcestershire.

Bryan Allbut, chair of the Church of England Worcester Diocesan Board of Education, which is responsible for 100 church schools, primary and secondary, many in Malvern, will also be on the panel.

A briefing paper from the Chase School (secondary school academy) will be available at the debate.

Tickets to the event are available to book here free of charge.

They will also be available at the door.

Story by Anu Shukla.

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