i News is reporting that teachers leaders have accused the Prime Minister of breaking her promise to increase school funding after it was revealed nearly 5,000 schools will suffer cuts this year.
An analysis of the funding allocation for schools reveals one in four primary schools and one in six secondaries will see their budgets cut as a result of lower than expected funding from the Government.
The findings, produced by the National Education Union, show 4,819 schools will see a cut in funding or no spending rise – resulting in an overall fall in their budget – for 2018/19.
According to the NEU, the lower than expected allocations are a result of chronic underfunding for councils to manage rising numbers of special educational needs pupils. It has meant local authorities have been forced to redirect the money meant for schools to pupils with “high needs”.
Kevin Courtney, NEU Joint General Secretary, said heads, teachers and parents will be “dismayed that even the meagre amounts” of money promised to schools will not be received by everyone.
“This is yet another failure and another broken promise by Government on school funding,” Mr Courtney said.
Andrew Baisley, a data analyst for the NEU, said secondary school finances are “deteriorating rapidly”.
While individual schools will have been aware of their own budget allocations since April, this is the first time a national picture can be seen as a result of the Department for Education refusing to release the figures until the last week before Christmas.
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