Principals’ association calls for school funding review

The union which represents many head teachers in Northern Ireland wants a “comprehensive” review of the way schools are funded. The BBC reports.

The call comes from the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT). It surveyed more than 180 principals and vice-principals.

More than half of those who responded said they were unhappy with the support given to schools in a number of key areas, including maintenance.

It asked principals a series of questions about how happy they were with services that were provided to their schools.

“The survey found low levels of satisfaction in all areas,” the final report said.

For instance, almost three-quarters (73%) of those who responded said support for children with SEN was poor or needed improvement.

“The area of SEN appears to be hugely under-resourced,” one respondent said. “The situation appears to be worsening.

Meanwhile, almost three-quarters (72%) said that maintenance work to their school was poor or not value for money.

“£121 to replace two bolts in a return hinge on a front door,” one claimed.

As a result of their findings the report’s authors put forward 40 recommendations for change in the way services are provided for schools, including asking for school leaders to be given greater control over their own budgets.

Read more Principals’ association calls for school funding review

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