Funding Crisis at UK Schools

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A new report underlines a funding crisis with money targeted at disadvantaged children used to plug gaps. It has revealed that the amount spent per pupil in England has fallen by 8% since 2010. Those working within schools are left searching for other income generation strategies to cover costs.

Ministers insist they are pumping more money into schools but an analysis by the respected think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found per-pupil funding in English school fell by 8% between 2010 and 2018.

Sir Peter Lampl

Sir Peter Lampl, founder and executive chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “Our new polling adds to the growing evidence that the squeeze on school budgets is having a detrimental effect.”

“Of particular concern is that schools are having to use funding for poorer pupils to plug gaps in their finances. Many are having to get rid of teachers to close these funding gaps and endangering efforts to improve opportunities for poorer young people.”

Sir Lampl is calling for politicians to release more funding.

Rehana Azam, national secretary for GMB (Teaching Assistants Union), said: “cuts have a terrible impact” on children.

And went on to say “Ministers need to stop denying that school budgets are being cut in the face of all the evidence and make sure we don’t jeopardise the education of an entire generation.”

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Department for Education

A spokesman for the Department for Education said the new funding formula for schools was fairer and handed more cash to disadvantaged areas.

He also added: “We recognise the budgeting challenges schools face and have introduced a wide range of practical support to help schools and head teachers, to help schools make the most of every pound on non-staff costs.

“We have also provided schools with funding for additional pressures – such as an extra £940m to cover increased pension costs for 2019/20 so state-funded schools and colleges can focus their resources on providing the best education.

“The Secretary of State has made clear that as we approach the next spending review, he will back head teachers to have the resources they need to deliver a world-class education.”

Schools could cut their administration costs by as much as 20 per cent by making relatively small changes such as improving time management and staff training, by using a School Business Manager according to a report from the National Association of School Business Management.