Hundreds of councillors urge government to pump billions of pounds into cash-strapped schools

Independent is reporting that hundreds of local councillors are calling on the education secretary to urge the government to pump billions of pounds into funding schools.

In a letter to Damian Hinds, signed by more than 1,000 councillors, they say many schools are now “desperately overwhelmed” as more students are competing for fewer resources.

It follows a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) last year which said total school spending per pupil in England has fallen by 8 per cent in real terms between 2009-10 and 2017-18.

The letter, due to be handed in to the Department for Education (DfE) in Westminster, says: “Many schools are now desperately overwhelmed as more and more students are competing for fewer and fewer resources. Compounded by biting cuts to local council services, in addition to the teacher recruitment and retention crisis, the current settlement is not tenable.”

The letter comes as a new study from the UCL Institute of Education has found that nearly half of new teachers consider leaving within 10 years.

More than two in three said their main reason for wanting to teach was to ‘make a difference’ – however, once they started teaching, the reality of daily life as a teacher dulled their enthusiasm.

Department for Education (DfE) spokesman said: “School funding in England is at its highest ever level and since 2017 the government has given every local authority in England more money for every pupil in every school, while allocating the biggest increases to the schools that have been most underfunded.

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