‘Clock is ticking’: 4,000 headteachers urge MPs for clarity over funding

The Guardian reports that headteachers from 17 counties across England have written to ministers to warn schools are ‘running on empty and need clarity and support now.’
Headteachers have dismissed accusations that they are playing party politics in their campaign for more funding, and will this week send letters to MPs warning that their schools are “running on empty”.
Last week headteachers were accused of trying to sway the general election by attacking Conservative policies in a series of letters about the funding crisis to parents, a charge denied by the Worth Less? school funding campaign.
The headteachers call for clarification on the additional £4bn promised in the Conservative manifesto but linked to the scrapping of free school lunches, which is still shrouded in uncertainty.
A spokesman for the Department for Education said the core schools budget had been protected in real terms since 2010 and was set to rise from £41bn in 2017-18 to more than £42bn in 2019-20 with increasing pupil numbers.
Richard Watts, chair of the LGAs’s children and young people board, said: “What we are seeing at the moment is the potential for real opening up of education policy to new ideas.”
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