21 July 2016
Commenting on the latest announcement from the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, that the new funding formula for schools will apply from 2018/19, a year later than planned, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:
‘Justine Greening’s announcement on school funding provides no new money and ignores the real problems facing schools. The IFS has said that schools are suffering the worst cuts since the 1970s. What that means for children and young people is an increase in class sizes, subjects being dropped from the curriculum, fewer books and resources, cuts to school trips and a rise in the number of pupils taught by unqualified teachers.
‘A joint statement* from leading education organisations representing the majority of teachers and leadership groups spoke of the fear for children’s education unless funding was addressed as a matter of urgency. The Education Secretary’s announcement does nothing to allay these fears.
‘Even under the Government’s fairer funding proposal almost every school will face a real term cut to their budget. As a matter of urgency the Government must find money for schools to address their immediate needs. The NUT will be seeking a meeting with Justine Greening as soon as possible to outline our genuine concerns on this matter.’