Release date: 27/02/2017
The school leaders’ union NAHT and the National Governors' Association have published an open letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, calling for more money to be allocated to the education budget.
In the letter, NAHT general secretary Russell Hobby and NGA chief executive Emma Knights, say that they are writing to “underline the urgency of the school funding crisis and to ask you to use the upcoming Budget to deliver the investment that schools so desperately need.”
The two organisations call on the chancellor to use the upcoming March Budget to address the “worst consequences of the funding shortfall facing schools.” They ask for a number changes that can be made to ensure schools have the resources they need to deliver high quality education: “We urge you to keep the promises made to voters at the last election by making additional funding available to protect per-pupil funding in real terms, and in particular the basic building blocks proposed per pupil (£2712 in primary, £3,797 in Key Stage 3 and £4,312 in KS4) need to be increased to make up the reduction forecast by the NAO.”
The letter concludes by urging the chancellor to act now: “Every young person’s experience of school matters because it is an investment in the future of our society and economy. Greater investment in schools now will mean future costs associated with poor health, crime and unemployment are likely to be lower. Children get one chance to attend school, so action is needed now.”
The publication of the letter coincides with the release of a new Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report into Education spending. The report confirms that spending has fallen in real terms from 2010, and that between 2015/16 and 2019/20 school spending per-pupil will likely suffer its biggest real terms fall for at least the last 30 years. Emma Knights will be speaking to IFS for the release of their report on Monday.
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Listen to Emma Knights speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme at around 7:50am on Monday 27 February.
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