English school budgets facing ‘breaking point’, warn headteachers

The Guardian reports that headteachers are to warn MPs that school budgets in England are facing “breaking point” after a combined £2.8bn in cuts and costs imposed upon them by the government.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is writing to all Westminster MPs to highlight the plight of state schools in England suffering from funding shortages, in which it tells the politicians that standards are at risk.

The letter contains a blunt plea from Paul Whiteman, the NAHT’s general secretary, for MPs to lobby Philip Hammond, the chancellor, and ask for more resources for schools ahead of next month’s autumn statement.

“The autumn budget is the last chance for money to make it to schools this year,” Whiteman said. “Please write to the chancellor of the exchequer to ask him to announce more money for schools.”

With the Department for Education and the Treasury having already made major concessions on student loans, and with the possibility of more to come, headteachers fear there are few resources available for schools.

The NAHT also plans to have members lobby parliament directly later this week. It has detailed how changes by the government since 2015 has resulted in £2.8bn being taken out of school’s frontline budgets.

The NAHT’s campaign follows last month’s move by 4,000 headteachers to write to parents, telling them there is “simply not enough money in the system” to fund schools properly.

In response, the DfE said the new national funding formula being introduced by the government, alongside the extra £1.3bn announced by the education secretary. Justine Greening, would see funding distributed more fairly to each school.

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