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Alongside governing boards across the country, NGA is campaigning for the overall size of the schools budget to be increased to ensure that children and young people receive the standard of education they deserve.
Funding the Future – a week of action
25 February - 2 March 2019
School governors and trustees are responsible for the financial oversight of their schools, which includes deciding how the budget is spent – and almost three quarters are telling us that they are unable to manage funding pressures without negatively impacting pupils’ education. In response, NGA is aiming to galvanise and equip governing boards that are concerned or impacted by funding pressures to engage with and lobby their own MP, with the overall objective of securing our nine ‘asks’ of the government in the comprehensive spending review.
We are asking governors and trustees to use their experiences to evidence the need for our asks of the government. We want governors and trustees to provide concrete and specific examples of what pupils are losing out on because of the decisions that governing boards are having to make about funding to support the abstract debate. Over the coming weeks, in the run up to the week of action itself, NGA will also be encouraging and informing governors and trustees about contacting their local and regional press with their story and saying why they are taking part in our campaign.
By taking action now and investing in children and young people, the government can avert a future crisis.
What the week looks like for NGA and governing boards
Thursday 28 February
NGA day at parliament
Go to parliament to meet with your MP and join NGA activity
Friday 1 March
Invite your MP to visit your school
Visit your MP in their constituency office
Saturday 2 March
Key asks to governing boards
NGA is asking governors and trustees to participate in the action by:
To support NGA in evidencing the need for our nine asks in the media and with the government, we are also looking for governing boards that are willing to speak publically about their story; particularly on the role of governance in school finance, the decisions they have had to take and what the impact has been on pupils. If your school/ trust is willing to explore this, please contact Kirstie.email@example.com.
Key asks to the government
NGA has put together nine ‘asks’ for the spending review, based on the latest research and intelligence collected from governors and trustees. These are:
Call to action - read NGA's guidance on how to lobby for more funding.
Funding the future - the story so far ...
School governors and trustees are responsible for the financial oversight of their schools, which includes deciding how the budget is spent – and almost three quarters are telling us that they are unable to manage funding pressures without negatively impacting pupils’ education.
It’s clear to see why. The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has calculated that total school spending per pupil has fallen by 8% in real terms between 2009-10 and 2017-18. This is in part due to a 55% cut in local authority spending on services for schools and cuts of over 20% to sixth-form funding. Funding provided per pupil to primary and secondary schools has also been hit hard over the past few years, falling 4% since 2015.
We are working with governing boards up and down the country as well as unions, charities and parent groups to make the case for investment in schools.
We know that governors and trustees have acute concerns about their schools’ budgets. In May and June 2018, 5,218 governors and trustees responded to NGA’s annual survey of school governors and trustees. The findings are a stark reflection of the depth of the current funding crisis:
To explore the findings in more detail, click here.
NGA is working with others in the sector to make the case for increased school funding but the voices of those tasked with balancing school budgets are vital to getting the message across.
We’re asking governing boards to write to their MP ahead of next year's comprehensive spending review and ask them to put pressure on government to increase funding to schools. Invite your MP to visit your school and see for themselves the impact on children in their constituency.
You will of course want to tell the story of your school (or group of schools) in your own words but NGA has put together an example letter which you can use as a template or as inspiration.
Fair Funding for All Schools is a national network of parent activists around the country who are setting up independent parent-led groups attached to schools in their local area, campaigning for more funding for all schools across the country. They believe that it is really important to have an independent parent voice alongside those of governors and school leaders. If there are any parents at your school that may be interested in getting involved, they can find out more by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the website at www.fairfundingforallschools.org and Twitter at @fairfundschools
NGA is engaged in a proactive campaign on behalf of its members, with the voices of governors and trustees at its centre. We are:
When NGA responds to consultations or provides written evidence to select committee inquiries, this is published on our website here.
NGA is an independent charity representing and supporting governors, trustees and clerks in maintained schools and academies in England. NGA members have access to a wealth of helpful information in our Guidance Centre: Finance and staffing. NGA Gold members can call our advice line on 0121 237 3782. If you're not a member, click here for more information about joining.
NGA responds to Budget 2018 (29/10/2018)
Raise the Rate: NGA supports campaign for increased sixth-form funding (25/10/2018)
NGA urges the Chancellor to make urgent investment in the education of young people (22/10/2018)
NGA comment on headteacher action on school funding (28/09/2018)
Funding remains biggest challenge facing governors and trustees (17/09/2018)
NGA responds to announcement on teacher and school leader pay (24/07/2018)