School Funding and Rebellious Head Teachers

School Funding and Rebellious Head Teachers

Hello all! It’s Laura here, the Apprentice Research Assistant at CASCAID,  and I have some very interesting news about school funding……..

I have recently read many news articles reporting that schools are not getting enough funding to give students the facilities that they need. As an adult who has recently finished college this year, I feel that younger students are not going to get the same opportunities that I received over my school years.

A report by The Guardian has stated that over 4,000 schools are receiving different amounts of funding which has been distributed according to where they are located in the UK. This means that schools in wealthier areas such as London are receiving more funding for their students, as much as up to £2,500 per student more.

As a result of this, lower funded schools have asked parents to contribute to school funding, which is helping to close a ‘black hole’ in the school’s budget.

A BBC report has conducted a survey of 1,507 parents and four in every ten parents are helping their child’s school budget. These contributions at the start of every year has helped lower funded schools get the resources they need for the pupils.

Fair Funding has also written a report on state school funding.

Here is a summary of the findings:

  • £42.4 billion has been set aside by the Government for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • This is £1.3 billion more than what was planned for 2020.
  • More than 9,000 state schools had a budget deficit in 2015-2016.
  • 4,000 out of the 9,000 schools have been in deficit for 2 years.
  • 88% of schools will have lost funding until 2020.

How is the Government trying to resolve this?

Justine Greening is the Education Secretary for the Government and she has unveiled a new formula for how funding is distributed for schools.

This new formula has been proposed to improve the school system and the funding, which has been backed by an investment of £1.3 billion. The new formula will hopefully help to distribute the funding evenly across all schools in the UK!

A number of head teachers agree with this new formula as it will help lower funded schools receive more funding per pupil, which will make a great difference in and out of the classroom!

However, is this a true reflection?

Some head teachers however, do not think that this new formula will help their budgets.

A BBC report has explained that 4,000 head teachers have written letters to their students’ parents to state that schools are having cash shortages. This will mean that local MPs are going to be pressured by parents to explain the shortages and how the new formula will help the schools funding.

Unions for education have also released some figures on how the new national formula will affect schools:

  • Nine out of ten schools are going to see cuts by 2020 which could affect the education pupils
  • Primary schools will be losing £52,546 every year
  • Secondary schools have lost around £178,000 each year since 2015

This new formula has been proposed for inclusion in the Autumn Budget in November – when we will find out more from the Chancellor.

Hopefully schools will not be massively affected by this new formula to improve funding and we should know more by the end of November!

Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/sep/27/headteachers-tell-parents-you-are-still-in-a-postcode-lottery

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41417313

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41388079

 

 

 

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