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Writing to the Chancellor of the Exchequer today (22 October), NGA has urged the government to make an urgent investment in the education of children and young people in the upcoming autumn budget (29 October).
The letter comes a month after the publication of NGA's School Governance in 2018 report which evidences that school governors and trustees, the volunteers responsible for the financial oversight of their schools and academy trusts, are finding it increasingly difficult to manage funding pressures without negatively impacting pupils’ education.
As a result of these funding pressures, the letter says, "governing boards of both academies and maintained schools are being forced to make difficult decisions, compromising quality of education in order to balance the budget."
Recently criticised by the UK Statistics Authority, the government's line that education spending is at a record level "rings hollow for those on the frontline who are unable to look away from the real experiences of pupils in our schools", the letter adds.
In closing, NGA urges that "funding for education should be viewed as an investment in our collective future, rather than a cost, and a population equipped for the future is needed now more than ever. On behalf of a quarter of a million ordinary people volunteering their time and skills to govern schools across England, I ask you to make this investment in your budget."
In repsonse to the ongoing concerns of school governors and trustees on school funding, NGA continues to deliver its Funding the Future campaign.
The letter in full: