Majority of state schools will be forced to make cuts next year

The Independent is reporting a new survey that suggests the majority of state schools will be forced to cut their budgets next year despite government promises to maintain spending on education…

A survey of nearly 500 school leaders showed 55 per cent were looking to reduce their costs in the next 12 months. The situation in secondary schools was more acute, with 71 per cent set to prune their spending.

The cuts would mean a rise in class sizes and schools having to reduce subject options at GCSE and A-level, said Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, which conducted the survey jointly with law firm Browne Jacobson.

“Everybody’s got to tighten their belts,” he said. “If they’ve got post-16 students, they’re not covered by the pledge to maintain spending.

Heads said it was the less mainstream subjects that would suffer: minority foreign languages and subjects like music and drama…

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said: “Ensuring schools are properly funded is a key part of our plan for education, which is why in July we allocated an additional £390 million to the least fairly funded areas in the country whilst protecting school budgets elsewhere.”…

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Unless there is a black hole somewhere, it’s a little hard to square up the DfE claim that school budgets have gone up with the survey results from the heads saying a majority of schools will have to cut. Is it all about the post-16 situation, are we seeing a reallocation of funds from some schools (e.g. secondary) to others others (e.g. primary), or is something else going on? How do you make sense of the apparently contradictory claims here? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove DfE response is typical “head in the sand” stuff. On no level is this good news. Bad for education, economy, society

  2. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove Thus reducing by a smidgeon vast cost of effort to turn feral children into colonial administrators by ineffectual pleading

  3. chaloner88

    SchoolsImprove educationgovuk Fairer Funding, via Schools Forum in LAs, doesn’t mean that all the ‘extra’ cash will reach schools though!

  4. Janet2

    My Essays Writers DfE has set ‘minimum funding levels’.  This has resulted in an extra £300m being distributed.  Some LAs have gained under this ‘fairer funding’; some have not.  But the £300m additional money is only to make the funding fairer than when schools were funded on what the DfE itself described was an out-of-date system.

    For more info see this article in Academies Week:

  5. Janet2

    @HughdjNicklin SchoolsImprove  ‘Young people were, on the whole, positive about school. They were likely to think that discipline was about right, know what was expected of them, enjoy school, work as hard as they could and undertake homework,’ 

    From ‘Longitudinal Study of Young People in England cohort 2, wave 1’ Nov 2014

    Seems to knock rather a hole in your sweeping generalisation that young people are ‘feral’.

  6. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove My school, no 6th form, is definitely having to reduce spending in key areas such as CPD. Faculty spending. DfE just lies!

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