Impact of school funding crisis is set to deepen, says ASCL

The impact of the school funding crisis on the level of individual support that schools are able to offer their students is set to worsen over the next 12 months, according to a survey by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Education Executive reports.

More than half (56%) of school business leaders say cost savings have resulted in reduced individual support for students over the past 12 months, but over the next 12 months this rises to 65% who expect that cost savings will result in reduced support.

The pattern is the same for enrichment activities, and curriculum options, with more school business leaders expecting reduced provision over the year ahead than over the past 12 months.

The results of the survey of 238 business leaders of schools in England are being released today (Thursday 17 May) at ASCL’s Conference for Business Leaders, which is being held in Nottingham.

Nearly all respondents (99%) have had to make cost savings over the past 12 months, with nearly half (46%) saying this amounted to over £100,000.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “The message of this survey could not be more stark. Unless the government takes urgent action over the school funding crisis the vital work that schools do will be increasingly eroded.

“Their ability to provide individual support to students – working with often vulnerable young people to overcome barriers to learning – will be further undermined. So too will their capacity to provide mental health support, as well as a full range of enrichment and curriculum options.”

One school business leader said: “We’ve run out of rabbits to pull from hats. Every contract and cost has been reviewed, every ounce of surplus fat removed and every stream streamlined. We are at the point now where if funding does not rise in real terms education is going to suffer.”

Read more worrying findings from the survey Impact of school funding crisis is set to deepen, says ASCL

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