Survey of school leaders reveals ‘incredible gloom’ over funding and recruitment

A poll of school leaders has showed that three-quarters predict their school’s financial position will decline over the next two years. ASCL general secretary Geoff Barton said the findings reflected the “incredible gloom” among school leaders over the funding situation. Tes reports. 

Of the 390 people questioned almost half (46 per cent) predicted that their school’s finances would decline a lot and another 29 per cent predicted it would decline a little.

The survey’s findings are similarly bleak on teacher recruitment with 55 per cent of schools leaders expecting to find it more difficult to find the right staff in future.

Mr Barton said: “When I speak to headteachers I find that dealing with the real-terms budget cut is taking over the job. They tell me that they cannot do what they came into leadership to do which is to focus on teaching and learning because of the funding crisis schools are facing.

“We are reaching the point where it is no longer just a question of school funding – but one of entitlement. What do we expect a child in a state school to be able to receive. Budget cuts will be narrowing what is available. A-levels in music, dance and drama could be lost.”

Mr Barton said the concerns over teacher recruitment were heightened because of the need to find 47,000 more teachers by 2024.

He said a debate was needed over getting more money from the Treasury, reducing teacher workload and using artificial intelligence in schools to support teachers.

Despite the survey’s negative findings on teacher recruitment and finance it showed the majority school leaders still  remain confident about their ability to deliver for pupils.

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