I was saddened to read about plans to reduce education costs in Ceredigion, (TES Wales supplement 17th May) despite being Chair of Governors of a secondary school at precisely the other end of the funding spectrum. Here in the Vale of Glamorgan we get over thirty per cent less per pupil per annum than Ceredigion. Ceredigion is number one out of twenty-two authorities on spending; we are number twenty-two.
The real mistake here is in your use of the word "costs". Language is important. Ceredigion is "investing" heavily in education, and has done so consistently over the years. Other local authorities see only a drain on scarce resources.
Compare and contrast two statements for consideration by the voters in next year's National Assembly for Wales elections:
- Ceredigion is being made to cut education costs
- Ceredigion is being made to reduce its investment in education
What hope for the future?
Dr Martin Price, Chair of Governors, St Richard Gwyn RC High School, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan