Not producing a budget this spring does not mean that the Chancellor should ignore the pressing need to address the problems caused by its education cuts. The Government’s real terms cuts to education funding are resulting in significant damage to the education our schools and colleges are able to provide. Says a statement from the NEU.
The Government is failing our children and young people, including those with special educational needs. The Chancellor must use his Spring Statement to address the funding crisis urgently – the Government must not continue to ignore these very real problems.
The National Education Union will examine the Chancellor’s Spring Statement closely and will assess it against our five tests to ensure a high-quality education for all of our children and young people.
- School cuts must be reversed. Class sizes are rising, educational opportunities are being reduced and schools are cutting staff numbers. The Chancellor must ensure that every school is guaranteed at least the same money per pupil as when the Conservatives took office in 2015
- New money is needed from the Treasury. The Chancellor must announce genuinely new money for schools, not money taken from other areas of education spending. At least £2bn more is required every year just to maintain funding in real terms in the face of inflation, cost increases and rising pupil numbers.
The Government must restore the value of school staff pay to 2010 pre-austerity levels, beginning with an immediate 5% pay increase for teachers to address the growing teacher recruitment and retention crisis.
Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “Our children and young people, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, are being short-changed by the Government.
Class sizes are rising, but teachers and support staff are being driven out of the profession by attacks on their pay and intolerable workloads. Schools and colleges are struggling to make ends meet. High needs funding is in crisis, threatening the support we provide to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.”
Read more of the NEU’s test requirements NEU calls for additional funding for education ahead of Spring Statement
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