Petition Increase funding for schools
Schools are having to make difficult choices on how to spend their limited funding as their income has not kept pace with the rise in costs since 2010. All schools are working very hard to “make ends meet” but this is becoming increasingly difficult and verging on almost impossible.
As funding has become tighter, schools have had to cut back on:
• Teaching and non-teaching staff
• Support for more vulnerable pupils
• Small group work for children who are not thriving in school
• Teaching resources (parents being asked to pay for books and materials)
• Subject choices in secondary schools
• Range of activities for primary pupils
• Extra curricula activities provided free or subsidised
• Repairs to buildings
• Renewal of equipment
This response was given on 11 December 2018
We recognise schools are facing budgeting challenges and we are asking them to do more. We have increased funding by an extra £1.3bn across this year and next, over and above previous spending plans.
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While there is more money going into our schools than ever before, we recognise the budgeting challenges schools face and that we are asking them to do more. Because of this, and because children only get one chance of a great education, the government has prioritised and protected school spending – even while having to take difficult public spending decisions in other areas.
We have put an additional £1.3bn into core schools funding, over and above plans set out at the last Spending Review. That means the total core schools and high needs budget will rise from almost £41bn in 2017-18 to £43.5bn by 2019-20.
Figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies show that in 2020, per pupil funding for five to sixteen year olds, adjusted for inflation, will be 50% higher than in 2000, and 70% higher than in 1990. And we can compare ourselves favourably to other countries – we spend as much per pupil on state school education as any major economy in the world, apart from America.
We are also distributing funding more fairly through the National Funding Formula – which directs money to where it is most needed, based on schools’ and pupils’ needs and characteristics – not accidents of geography or past arrangements.
Since 2017, the national funding formula has allocated every local authority more money for every pupil in every school, while allocating the largest increases to the schools that have been most underfunded.
We’ve made funding fairer across the country but recognise budgets remain tight which is why we’re supporting schools and head teachers to make the most of their budgets and reduce costs on things like energy, water bills and materials.
Department for Education
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