What the NUT wants:
- School funding – Extra money in the system to support reform of the funding system – and more money for all schools to fund higher costs and the impact of inflation.
- Post 16 funding – Restoration of cuts already made – and real support for sixth form colleges.
- Send and early years funding – fair funding for these vital areas of education
- Funding in Wales – an end to the funding gap.
National Funding Formula in England
The Government is pressing ahead with its National Funding Formula (NFF) for schools following a first stage consultation earlier this year, though the new arrangements will not come into place until April 2018 rather than April 2017 as the Government originally planned. We don’t know when the second stage consultation will take place.
Responding to the proposals
The NUT has written to the DfE as part of our full on–line response to the stage one consultation as well as releasing a joint statement with other teacher unions. You can read a briefing on the NUT response here.
The National Funding Formula in London
We expect the NFF to have a significantly adverse impact on schools in London, as outlined to a packed meeting of MPs, heads, governors, councillors, school staff, parents and students. NUT pressure helped to secure a Parliamentary debate about the impact on London, during which MPs quoted NUT material.
Following a cut of 14% in real terms under the Coalition Government, 16–19 education faces further real terms cuts of some 8% when inflation is taken into account. Schools with sixth forms and sixth form colleges will be hit again, having already seen major funding cuts between 2010 and 2015. Schools with sixth forms will face further pressure on their 16–19 funding at the same time as 11–16 funding is also being cut in real terms. Read more on sixth form college funding here.
Capital Funding and School Places
As the Government fails to respond adequately to the huge rise in pupil numbers, we face the worst crisis in school places – particularly primary places – in decades. You can read more here.
Funding in Wales
The underfunding of schools in Wales, with a huge funding gap per pupil compared to England, has been a major issue for a number of years. You can read more about funding in Wales here.