Ring Fencing School Budgets

This idea is to continue to protect school budgets and prevent cutting discretionary spend which results in schools having to cut teacher numbers to allow the school to have any discretionary spend,



Why the contribution is important

Levels of education are predictors of employablility, wealth , physical and mental health for generations to come, 

We are trying to bridge the attainment gap and at a time of social inequality cutting budgets will impact on this as it will impact children with disabilities who require staff support.

Cutting these particulalry at a time of global economic uncertainty is concernign to everyone so please protect these budgets for not just our children but for all our sakes

by Barton on January 16, 2019 at 04:21PM

Current Rating

Average score : 4.9
Based on : 20 votes


  • Posted by Ness1021 January 25, 2019 at 07:19

    Budgets are stretched already, I believe cutting them further would be catastrophic to our children
  • Posted by rachelb January 25, 2019 at 16:07

    It is short-sighted to do anything to reduce education budgets. These children are our future, don't impact their ability to strive in this increasingly competitive global market. Ring-fence the education budget.
  • Posted by anwensteel January 26, 2019 at 10:47

    School budgets are are stretched already, this funding is vital to ensure our children's future opportunities
  • Posted by cp007 January 27, 2019 at 09:18

    Peebles can't afford to cut education budgets - ring fenceing is the only option. With an increasing number of housing developments planned in the town and wider catchment means increased school rolls. We've already lost the High School librarian, a huge loss to the school. We aren't getting a new High School building for many years (2023)* - the least we can do for our young people is give them great teaching at an appropriately funded school. One of the largest in the Borders. We only have one High School, so let's look after it, fund it and invest in the future of all of our young people. 98% of Peebles High School pupils currently go to positive destinations into the workplace, apprenticeships, higher and further educational routes. Why jeopardise that?

  • Posted by Egrigor January 27, 2019 at 10:11

    I find it worrying and extraordinary that we are being consulted on whether or not we should ring-fence school budgets. Ideally we should be increasing them year on year. If we are beginning to contemplate actually cutting them, I feel sick. What in the world is going on? How can our community thrive if we stop educating our children properly? Cuts to education will impact on all of us. I feel ashamed that this move is even contemplated.
  • Posted by LucieAllan January 27, 2019 at 10:24

    We should be expanding what we spend on our children’s education and health giving them the very best start in life. This should be a priority for the council to ensure there are no education cuts. We know what an impact good education has on our communities and society and it is short sighted to cut this as the long term consequences will cost far more.
  • Posted by Simonemclauchlan January 27, 2019 at 11:17

    There are areas I'm sure that are not required in schools, like a fizzy drinks machine, I sure cuts could be made in the food area, kids need healthy nutritious food. Not big stodgy meals and cakes., they can get that elsewhere. One thing I've noticed also for cooking. the containers etc being supplied by school, honestly I know it's not huge but I'm sure every house hold can supply reusable containers for gastronomic concuctions to be brought home in.
    My daughter just started high-school last year and again had to learn about Egyptians for the third time😭, please give good teachers more money to be exciting, inspiring and adventurous. Give them more freedom and less boxes to tick. Sorry I know this is perhaps more a education system complaint, but all relative to the councils work ethics and budgets. I am sure we could go back to basics in areas to allow advancing in education. Perhaps more support in Gardening to provide a self sufficient enterprise for the school? Also more local history that is cheaply accessed for interactive and more effective learning.
  • Posted by acorbishley January 27, 2019 at 12:24

    What future do our children and communities have if we don’t invest in their future? It is outrageous that cuts to the education budget are even being considered. The council have already cut the school week to just 4.5 days to save money. What next?
  • Posted by AHilton12 January 27, 2019 at 21:20

    It would be irresponsible and damaging to reduce an education budget. The correct message of value needs to be given to both teachers and children alike. Improvements in standards simply will not happen if budgets are cut.
  • Posted by istephan January 27, 2019 at 21:39

    Schools are already having to cope on greatly reduced funding. They cannot possibly deliver a quality education for our children unless funding is protected to ensure sufficient staffing, Additional Support Needs provision and the necessary resources are consistently available in schools.
  • Posted by meverest January 29, 2019 at 16:38

    It is concerning to even see the question about whether ring fencing of education funding should occur! Year on year, there is increased pressure on schools to deliver more with a lower and more stretched budget. The schools increasingly having to turn to the Parent Councils and PTAs to bridge the gap. This is simply not an acceptable on going situation. Ring fencing the education budget should be an obvious action every year.
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