• 31 schools in Tower Hamlets have had budgets cut in real-terms, despite Government promise that every school would see an increase in funding.
  • Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has prioritised investment in education, with £97m earmarked for new secondary schools and £4.9m for Early Years in his latest budget plans.
  • Mayor’s budget plans aim to make Tower Hamlets a cleaner, safer, fairer place to live.

New analysis from the National Education Union (NEU) of schools funding allocations show the Government has broken its promise that there would be “a cash increase for every school in every region” – with 31 schools in Tower Hamlets alone having seen their funding cut in 2018/19.

These schools suffered a real-terms cut to their funding, despite school costs increasing dramatically. Some schools in Tower Hamlets have had their funding cut by over £200,000 – having a real impact on school budgets.

A local campaign led by the School Cuts alliance of education unions (including the National Education Union, NAHT, GMB, UNISON, Unite and ASCL), local schools, Mayor John Biggs, Labour councillors and local MPs Rushanara Ali and Jim Fitzpatrick have been campaigning against the cuts to school funding, and have repeatedly warned that schools across England, which have already seen cuts of £2.8bn since 2015, will see their funding slashed even further as the Government’s new National Funding Formula (NFF) starts to bite. The NFF takes funding out of schools in some of the poorest areas, including Tower Hamlets, and redistributes it to other areas.

The NFF will mean that schools in Tower Hamlets will face a net loss of over £24m in the next decade.

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has hit back at the Government’s cuts, and announced capital investment worth £97m in new secondary schools, as well as £4.9m investment in Early Years for our youngest residents and additional support for our schools. These form part of the Mayor’s latest budget proposals to make Tower Hamlets a cleaner, safer, fairer place to live.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “My latest budget delivers our Labour manifesto with new policies to make Tower Hamlets a cleaner, safer, fairer place to live. As part of this, we’re prioritising investment in our children and young people, including money for new schools and extra money for early years.

“The Tory Government has consistently cut and underfunded our public services, and like with so many other services it falls to councils to defend local people against the worst of their austerity programme and give our children and schools a much needed boost.”

Councillor Danny Hassell, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Young People, said: “The Tory Government promised that every single school would see a cash increase in their budgets, but just as we expected they have broken their promise. 31 schools in Tower Hamlets have seen their budgets fall in real terms this year and it’s only going to get tougher for our schools as the new funding formula hits.

“The announcement of the small amount of additional funding from the Government for children with special needs and disabilities falls far short of the funding that is required, both nationally and locally. It offers only a fraction of the current level of shortfall on the high needs funding.  In addition, we are forecasting additional pressures with the rising number of children with special needs and the complexity of this need.  We support calls for the Government to give sufficient funding for SEND and to link the High Needs Funding block to the numbers of pupils.”


“On school funding, as the hon. Gentleman knows, the new national funding formula is providing for a cash increase for every school in every region, as well as protected funding for those with additional needs, but it is important that the Department for Education is helping to bear down on costs that schools are experiencing.”

  • Full details of schools in Tower Hamlets that have seen their funding allocations cut:


School Change in school income 2017/18 to 2018/19
Mulberry School for Girls -£                 282,310
Osmani Primary School -£                 221,573
Stepney Green Mathematics and Computing College -£                 181,632
Green Spring Academy Shoreditch -£                 160,642
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School -£                 144,107
Canon Barnett Primary School -£                 141,276
Hermitage Primary School -£                 121,769
Malmesbury Primary School -£                 108,616
Smithy Street School -£                   97,939
St Paul with St Luke CofE Primary School -£                   96,733
William Davis Primary School -£                   80,902
St Elizabeth Catholic Primary School -£                   76,509
Marner Primary School -£                   75,870
Shapla Primary School -£                   64,176
St Matthias Church of England Primary School -£                   64,156
Lawdale Junior School -£                   63,529
Raine’s Foundation School -£                   63,217
Central Foundation Girls’ School -£                   61,480
Manorfield Primary School -£                   48,679
Cayley Primary School -£                   46,574
Elizabeth Selby Infants’ School -£                   44,907
St Paul’s Whitechapel Church of England Primary School -£                   43,184
Stewart Headlam Primary School -£                   41,868
Guardian Angels Catholic Primary School -£                   33,785
St Peter’s London Docks CofE Primary School -£                   23,317
St Agnes RC Primary School -£                   23,298
John Scurr Primary School -£                   20,498
St Mary and St Michael Primary School -£                   19,498
Mowlem Primary School -£                   18,376
Thomas Buxton Primary School -£                   14,810
St John’s Church of England Primary School -£                   13,776


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