Cash cuts ‘threaten school standards’, say MPs

The BBC reports that the biggest school funding shortages in England since the 1990s are threatening to damage standards, says a report from MPs overseeing public spending.

Head teachers said the Department for Education had “buried its head in the sand” over the extent of financial problems. But The Department for Education says funding is at record levels.

The report from the Public Accounts Committee says “funding per pupil is reducing in real terms” and will mean schools cutting spending by £3bn by 2019-20. 

“Grand plans drawn up in Whitehall are dangerous if they are implemented without regard to real-world consequences, and we will expect to see measures to address our concerns as a matter of urgency,” says Meg Hillier, who chairs the committee.

Kevin Courtney, leader of the National Union of Teachers, described the report as “another nail in the coffin of the government’s school funding policy”.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said “We recognise that schools are facing cost pressures, and we will continue to provide support to help them use their funding in the most cost-effective ways, so that every pound of the investment we make in education has the greatest impact.”

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