What funding crisis?

In spite of lots of news coverage, many parents just aren’t aware the funding crisis is directly affecting our schools. One reason is our head teachers and their teams are doing a brilliant job ‘papering the cracks’. Another reason is the problem has built up over several years and the causes are complex. Here’s our very simple summary of what’s happened:

Spending has gone down
Spending per child has gone down by 8% between 2009/10 and 2017/18 in England[i]

Costs for have gone up
Costs are rising with inflation (e.g., National Insurance, salaries, energy bills) while budgets stay at the same level

Support for Special Educational Needs is inadequate
30% of children with Special Educational Needs are NOT receiving any support. This is described as a ‘national scandal’ by Ofsted[ii]

Pastoral care is disappearing
Following drastic cuts in council budgets, children’s services, including mental health services, have been cut to the bone

[i] Institute for Fiscal Studies: https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13143

[ii] Ofsted Annual Report, 2017-2018

If you want to find out more, here are some useful articles explaining the issues:

Our schools are at ‘breaking point’ – Bath headteachers send stark letter to parents, Somerset Live, May 21, 2019

Our schools are beyond breaking point – where is the outrage? | John Harris

‘I cook, clean and fix’: how cuts are forcing headteachers to take on extra roles

BBC School Funding page

Plea for billions to tackle the school funding crisis

5 reasons the school funding crisis will continue