NEU accuses government of broken promises on school funding

By agency reporter
January 8, 2019

New analysis by the National Education Union (NEU) of the Schools Block funding allocations show the Government has not even matched their previous inadequate promises on school funding, the union says. Damian Hinds and Theresa May both promised that “every school” would get a cash increase. NEU analysis of the new figures from the Government (published on 17 December 2018) shows that they have broken that promise for 4,819 schools –  a quarter of primary schools (25 per cent) and one in six secondary schools (17 per cent). 

These schools received no cash increase or suffered an actual cut to their funding, despite school costs rising dramatically. To protect school standards, the NEU says all schools should be fully protected against rising school costs.

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “This is yet another failure and another broken promise by Government on school funding. The fact remains that schools were never going to manage on the money promised by Government.

"However, head teachers, teachers, school staff and parents will be dismayed that even the meagre amounts of funds supposedly allocated to schools will not be received by everyone. Parents and school staff simply cannot trust what the Government says on education funding.

“Schools and sixth form colleges have been systematically underfunded with £2 billion a year taken away from them since 2015. This is not pin money, it cannot be retrieved by just good housekeeping. Up and down the country schools are increasing class sizes, reducing teachers and school staff, cutting subjects from the curriculum and leaving building repairs undone.

"Ask any parent and they will tell you that begging letters for financial support are now commonplace. The School Cuts campaign, alongside parent groups and MPs, will continue in 2019 to argue the case that our children’s education is vital. For it to be of the quality and breadth that we expect, it needs funding to match that expectation.”

* National Education Union https://neu.org.uk/

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