School Funding Crisis

31 March 2018

The latest NEU survey of 900 members in local authority schools and academies paints a bleak picture about the state of school funding in our schools.

94% of respondents said they are pessimistic about their schools budget prospects over the next three years.

55% said class sizes had risen since last year.

Over half of respondents reported that teaching posts had been cut, with 80% reporting teaching assistant posts and 60% reporting other support staff posts being cut. The impact of posts being cut has been hardest in non-Ebacc subjects. 

Cuts to Special Educational Needs provision was reported by almost two thirds of respondents.

Cuts to school maintenance budgets, led to one respondent talking of cleaning cutbacks and how their school was ‘filthy’.

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union,¬†said. “This survey highlights the dreadful consequences a lack of school funding is having on the education of our children and young people. Removing teaching and support staff is gathering pace, parents are regularly being asked for money, subjects are being dropped from the curriculum, school trips cancelled, books and resources are not being replaced and class sizes are rising. Government should be ashamed of this list yet unbelievably is standing idly by and doing nothing about it.

“Cutbacks to staff impacts on workload, and a lack of funding on teacher pay is in turn having a negative impact on teacher recruitment and retention.

“Enough is enough.

“The Secretary of State has to address this issue with urgency. Parents, teachers, headteachers or school staff will not let this issue lie. The School Cuts coalition will be holding a weekend of action on the 21-22 April. Ahead of the local elections Government would do well to remember the impact school funding had on the voting intentions of the public during the general election.”

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