Schools are in the grip of a funding crisis that the government is failing to acknowledge, former Labour education secretary Estelle Morris has warned. Tes reports.
Her hard-hitting criticism came during a debate on school funding in the House of Lords, and followed a survey which showed most MPs believe this is a crisis.
Lady Morris said: “There’s a crisis out there and teachers are saying that it is the biggest problem that they are facing.
“It makes a difference to the pressures that are on teachers in a very demanding job and it makes a difference in the end-run to the prosperity of our country and to the strength of our families and communities.
“What’s most worrying about this topic is that sense of crisis and that reality of what’s happening in the schools isn’t reflected in what we are hearing from government ministers.”
Lady Morris added: “We have got to the stage where I now don’t trust the government on what they say about statistics around school funding.”
She said: “This is a crisis. This isn’t a blip. This isn’t a little problem that has got to be dealt with … and there’s no hope on the horizon for things getting better.”
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