Head teachers express concerns over school funding
Head teachers have raised their concerns about the future funding for schools in England in a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. Ahead of the Spending Review next week, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has called for fairer funding for education, claiming that it is seen as a cost and not an investment. The General Secretary of the NAHT, Russell Hobby, has asked that the government looks at the cost pressures in schools when deciding on the overall level of funding.
The letter also called for a period of stability to allow costs to be managed and performance to be improved, as well as further investment in school business managers and for some children to be registered for the Pupil Premium. The Institute for Fiscal Studies warned that spending per pupil could fall by 8% over the next five years in England’s schools, meaning that this would be the first time since the mid-1990s that spending in schools has fallen in real terms.
A spokesman for the Department of Education has said that “this government is committed to making sure schools are funded fairly so all pupils have access to a good education.”