BUDGET BONUS LIFTS SCHOOLS; Delighted Head Teachers Plan to Spend Their Windfall from Chancellor on Books, Equipment, and Saving Teaching Jobs

By Goulden, Barbara | Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), March 22, 2000 | Go to article overview

BUDGET BONUS LIFTS SCHOOLS; Delighted Head Teachers Plan to Spend Their Windfall from Chancellor on Books, Equipment, and Saving Teaching Jobs


Goulden, Barbara, Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)


TEACHERS in Coventry were celebrating Budget windfalls for their schools today.

Delighted heads described the Chancellor's pounds 837million bonus for English schools as real money that would be poured into paying for staff, books and equipment.

A third of the cash will go directly to the schools. The city's big comprehensives like Finham Park and Coundon Court will each get an immediate pounds 50,000.

David Kershaw, head teacher of Coundon Court in Northbrook Road, said: "I can tell you the bulk of our pounds 50,000 will be spent on new textbooks."

Mr Kershaw said despite the 350 personal computers in use in his school, he still put great value on up-to-date textbooks, seen by his teachers as a basic element of their work.

"I am very pleased with the Chancellor's announcement," he said.

"It shows genuine commitment by the government to giving us opportunities to improve standards even further.

"The money can be used on whatever we choose, but I choose to reinforce and enhance the quality of our basic textbooks which still have great value. The more up to date, the more appropriate they are."

Bob Jelley, head of the 227-pupil St Giles Junior School in Exhall, says the pounds 9,000 share his school will receive could save a teacher's job.

Mr Jelley, a founder member of FACE, the national campaign group fighting cuts in education, pointed out that in the past money had been divided up through what he and most governors and local politicians now saw as the "discredited" Standard Spending Assessment.

It had meant a pupil living in one part of the country was literally worth a lot more than another living in Coventry or Warwickshire, which was particularly badly hit. …

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