- Councillor’s advice surgery: Church Ward Councillors will be available to discuss any issues with residents on Saturday 1st June at 10.30am-12pm at The Whitley Café.
- Policy Committee meeting: Ashley will be present in his role as Lead member for education on Monday 10th June at 6.30pm at the Civic Centre.
- Labour party AGM: The annual General meeting of the Labour party in Reading takes place on Thursday 20th May at 8pm in the civic centre.
- Church Ward Labour party meeting: members of the local party will be meeting to discuss issues & campaigning on Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm at 103 Northcourt Avenue.
- Full Council meeting: Church Ward Councillors will be in attendance at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 25th June at 6.30pm at the Civic Centre.
- Rading buses open day-the Council owned and run bus company, and winner of a string of national bus awards will be holding its annual open day on Sunday June 30th from 10am at Great Knollys street. Many stalls, food and behind the scenes tours are available.
- South Reading calendar: The final preparation of the calendar update will take place this month. If you want any events added please contact Ashley.
- New Directions visit: Ashley will visit Reading’s excellent adult education service based on Northumberland Avenue, speaking with the Head & teachers on Thursday 6th June at 1.30pm.
- ABC to read AGM: Ashley will be delighted to attend the ABC to read AGM on Thursday 27th June at Waterside centre at 11am.
Monthly Archives: May 2019
Schools in Reading are struggling with a £16.8m shortfall in funding since 2015.
44 out of 45 local schools have suffered Government cuts to per-pupil funding since 2015. I have visited over 35 of our schools in the last year and every Head teacher has discussed with me the impact school cuts are having. There are fewer teachers, bigger class sizes, redundancies, less equipment and fewer services for students. Our schools are at breaking point.
Sign the school network petition and join parents, heads and teachers in Reading to send a message to the Government. The following text will be sent to the Government with your signature:
We the undersigned call on you to reverse the cuts to schools in Reading.
44 schools in Reading have suffered Government cuts to per-pupil funding since 2015.
These cuts threaten the continued provision of high-quality education in our area. They are leading to class sizes going up, subjects being dropped from the curriculum and resources being cut back. Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being hit especially hard, as funding shortfalls mean that vital specialist provision has had to be limited, despite rising need.
Parents are being sent begging letters to cover funding shortfalls as schools are finding it increasingly difficult to support their pupils as their budgets are slashed – councils would have lost out on 60p of every £1 of their funding between 2010 and 2020.
Children and young people only get one chance at school and we know that education cuts never heal. We call on you to take urgent action to reverse the cuts and invest in this and future generations of young people.
The planning inspectorate today decided that the University of Readings appeal against the Council’s decision to turn down the planning application for the expansion of St.Patrick’s Hall on Northcourt Avenue would be dismissed. Residents including the Northcourt Avenue residents society have worked tirelessly on this appeal to show the strength of feeling amongst locals. The plans were too large, with too many students in a building that was too big. Residents are not against development however and would welcome dialogue with the council on any future development plans.
The Department for Education have just opened a consultation regarding special educational needs education provision and funding. If you have any views on what needs to be done to improve, click the link below. The consultation is open until the end of July.
Reading University want to hear the views of local residents regarding their place in the local community, and what they can do to help. The consultation is open until June 7th and can be found here:
Councillor Pearce’s submission can be found below: