The UK’s largest teaching union has hit out at the Department for Education’s new strategy to help schools cut costs – and instead is calling for an additional £2 billion “to restore per-pupil-funding to 2015/16 levels.” Tes reports.
The NEU teaching union says schools have already cut costs drastically – from staff to school trips to dropping subjects from the curriculum, and says the government strategy implies the school’s funding crisis can be resolved through better budgeting.
NEU assistant general secretary Nansi Ellis accused education secretary Damian Hinds of “tinkering around at the edges,” and said the cost-cutting suggestions had either already been implemented in schools or “go nowhere near addressing the shortfall of cash needed to run a school effectively.”
But Ms Ellis added: “Head teachers will be justifiably furious at the suggestion from Damian Hinds that the school funding crisis is an issue that can be resolved through better budgeting.
“The majority of schools have already pared their outgoings and costs down to the bone, and even with bulk purchasing and other economies of scale they cannot match the scale of the problem facing schools.”
“As a result of a lack of government funding schools have cut staff, increased class sizes, dropped subjects from the curriculum, cut school trips, postponed building repairs and cut back on resources. None of these decisions have been taken lightly but out of absolute necessity.”
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