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UNIONS URGE FAIRER FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS IN WALES

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The major teaching unions in Wales are pressing the national assembly for a fairer and more equitable way of fundin...
The major teaching unions in Wales are pressing the national assembly for a fairer and more equitable way of funding schools just weeks before the local education authorities decide their budgets.

The Western Mail (p2) reports that unions want a centralised system of funding for schools to prevent the massive differences between what schools with similar numbers and profiles receive from borough to borough.

Brian Rowlands, secretary of the Secondary Heads Association Cymru, said: 'All schools have the same standards to achieve, and there is no excuse for some schools being given extra attention. Schools which are doing badly will be given extra cash and resources to turn themselves around, but it almost seems as if good schools are being penalised in favour of ones that are not doing so well.'

Gethin Lewis, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers' Cymru, said it was very concerned about the disparity. 'Schools are badly funded as it is without seeing massive differences.'

A spokesman for the national assembly said: 'Any plans to centralise the issue of funding for schools would remove the power from individual local authorities to fix their own budgets. Having just devolved from Westminster, the national assembly has no plans to draw power from the LEAs concerning their finance over schools.'
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