School Capital Funding - press release
1 March 2013
Commenting on plans for local authorities to decide where new schools should open, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“This is a clear admission that the free school policy has not effectively addressed local need for new places and concedes the vital role of the local authority in funding for new school places and the right of the local authority to select the provider.
“It clearly exposes the inconsistencies of the current situation where central Government has the power to decide where a school should open without proper consultation or consideration of local need.
“The NUT has long said that free schools are being opened in places where there is no need for extra provision and in some cases where there are surplus places. In particular, the programme has seen a disproportionate number of secondary schools approved when the real need nationwide is in the primary phase.
“Previously announced cuts to school capital funding including the cancellation of the Building Schools for the Future project have made it much more difficult to repair our dilapidated school buildings and to reduce class sizes, as well as to ensure appropriate funding for new places.”