During the Funding the Future week of action (25th February and 2nd March), co-ordinated by NGA, school governors and trustees from at least 140 constituencies in England lobbied their MP to share concerns about school funding, and to provide MPs with evidence about the difficult decisions that they are having to make.
Those taking part in the week of action told us that they have met with or written to their MP to set out the implications of the continued funding squeeze on their schools and the wider education sector.
On 28th February, around 100 governors and trustees joined us at a lobby of Parliament. The meeting incorporated time for those present to share their case studies with NGA to support us in making a case for additional school funding, for delegates to share their concerns with their MPs and to discuss NGA’s nine asks for the comprehensive spending review.
The lobby also included a panel of speakers, sharing their own insights and experiences on school funding pressures, featuring Julia Harnden, Funding Specialist at Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL); Lord Storey CBE, Liberal Democrats Spokesperson on Education, Families and Young people in the House of Lords; Steven George, Head of Press and Media at National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and Chair of Governors at a special primary school; and Lord Watson, Labour Shadow Spokesperson on Education in the House of Lords.
Audience members from schools all over the country then contributed questions and experiences covering a range of topics: teacher pensions, staff CPD, recruitment and retention of experienced teachers, pupil mental health and wellbeing, distribution of school funding and more.
A debate on school funding will take place on 4th March at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall. School governors and trustees are encouraged to remind their MP to attend to make the case to the treasury for new money for schools.
Coinciding with the week of action, on 26 February an ‘estimates day’ debate took place in the House of Commons, where MPs discussed the overall schools budget.
If your governing board has joined in the action, please let us know by emailling firstname.lastname@example.org