Have no doubt school cuts could be crucial on Thursday

There are other news stories dominating the headlines, but the cuts to education funding will still prove vital on election day, says Tes’ news editor William Stewart.

There is, of course, only one election issue on the agenda. And the aftermath of the latest appalling violent attack on our way of life is likely to continue to dominate the news right up until polling begins. But that does not mean that combatting terrorism will be the only thing on voters’ minds when they enter the polling booth on Thursday.

On Saturday morning – before terrorists changed everything…again – a YouGov poll commissioned by the NUT found that more than four in 10 parents thought education and school funding would be a key issue for them in deciding how to vote in the 2017 election.

Only Brexit and health outranked education as election issues. And of those who prioritised education, 83 per cent said they were more likely to vote for a candidate who will “support tackling education and school funding”.

Anyone with a detailed knowledge of school finance could have – and did – see these problems coming a long time ago. Tes has been reporting on the emerging crisis for nearly two years. But as John Tomsett, headteacher at Huntington School in York, has pointed out, back then rank and file teachers had yet to grasp the seriousness of the situation. “It was not on the agenda,” he told Tes. “Although there were quite a few rumblings across the country, it was not hitting the classroom. It was at the headteacher level at that point.

Anyone with a detailed knowledge of school finance could have – and did – see these problems coming a long time ago. Tes has been reporting on the emerging crisis for nearly two years. But as John Tomsett, headteacher at Huntington School in York, has pointed out, back then rank and file teachers had yet to grasp the seriousness of the situation. “It was not on the agenda,” he told Tes. “Although there were quite a few rumblings across the country, it was not hitting the classroom. It was at the headteacher level at that point.

Our schools’ squeezed budget could yet play a big role in the outcome of Thursday’s vote.

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