Funding, funding, funding (updated)

7 Mar

Update:  March 2017

Consultations on National Funding Formula for schools and High Needs Funding

2017 Budget won’t tackle funding crisis in our schools 

Update: 27 February 2017

IFS report

Update: 21 February 2017

Voice responds to Commons Education Committee report on teacher shortages

Update: 27 January 2017

Schools lose out on £384 million because of failed “ideological experiment”

Updates: 13 /14 December 2016

Joint union statement on education funding. National Audit Office report and coverage on BBC News.

Education Secretary’s Statement on National Funding Formula :  Consultation and Voice’s reaction

Update: 18 November 2016

Further education bodies in united call for Autumn Statement investment

Update: 11 November 2016

Government must rethink nursery school funding proposals, say early years stakeholders”


Update: 3 November 2016
Update: 27 October 2016

A-levels choice ‘reduced by funding squeeze'” (BBC)SFCA Impact Survey 2016

Funding crisis in FE

Update: 21 July 2016

Funding formula delayed (DfE). Voice’s response.

Update: 20 July 2016

Unions call on the Government to increase school and college funding

Update: 18 April 2016

Voice’s  Official Responses: Schools National Funding Formula and High Needs Funding

Proposed principles for the funding system

“The starting point is the acceptance that the current system is fundamentally flawed. The driving principle should be the desire that all children have the same opportunity to achieve, regardless of their background.

“Fairness, transparency, simplicity and predictability are laudable aims – to achieve them will take time and care, and expectations will need to be managed. The principle of simplicity, in particular, should not be applied for its own sake, as school funding may need to sustain a level of complexity given that schools vary in size and make-up as well as in geography. There is bound to be an element of ‘re-distribution of wealth’ which some may regard with suspicion, if not opposition. Therefore the ‘modus operandi’ must be as clear as possible.

“In the final analysis, each school needs sufficient funding to be sustainable, so there should be a guarantee that no school will become insolvent as a direct and inexorable result of changes to the funding formula…”

Update: 7 March 2016

Consultation announced

Update: 11 January 2016

Funding cuts will hit teacher quality, say education unions

Update: 25 November 2015

Spending Review 2015

Update: 18 November 2015

Headteachers write to Education Secretary

Update: 12 November 2015

Ahead of this month’s Spending Review, the Sutton Trust is “urging government to consider the ‘double disadvantage’ that poor pupils who live in deprived neighbourhoods face. The Trust would like to see higher levels of resources maintained in these areas as the Government reforms school funding and prepares to unveil its spending review.”

Update 10 November 2015:

Comment from Sam Freedman (‏@Samfr) on Twitter: “People, on average, don’t think education spending has fallen yet. It’s actually been cut 13%.”  (Click on link to view chart)

Update: 4 November 2015:

Letter from the Secretary of State to the Commons Education Select Committee regarding fairer funding  







 22 October 2015 

Funding, funding, funding

In a report on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, What does the Chancellor have in store for education?, BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins looks at education funding ahead of the Chancellor’s Spending Review on 25 November 2015 and hears “fears that schools could be teaching core subjects in classes of 50 children in the coming years”. 

Ross Hawkins reports that Commons Speaker John Bercow has joined more than 90 Conservative MPs in demanding that the Government “rewrites the rules for funding schools in England” and that spending per pupil in schools in England is likely to fall by 8% in real terms over the next five years, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Institute for Fiscal Studies: Percentage Changes in School Spending and Cost Factors, 2010-11 to 2019-20:


Writing for the forthcoming November 2015 issue of the Voice members’ magazine, Your Voice, General Secretary Deborah Lawson comments:

“[A Government] manifesto commitment was fairer funding for schools – a Coalition promise that didn’t materialise.

“In meetings with DfE officials, we have highlighted the necessity of addressing school funding swiftly while recognising the scale of the task in times of austerity. 

“It is disappointing that, when the protection afforded to school funding is restricted to sustaining existing funding levels rather than increasing them, which in real terms represents a significant decrease, government priority is reserved for driving other legislation through Parliament. 

“Ministers’ recognition of the issue is welcome, but action is not yet evident.  We anticipate that it will not be until after the publication of the Comprehensive Spending Review in November that we will hear anything further.  This will not, however, prevent us from continuing to apply pressure.”

Deborah Lawson also comments on education funding in:

Education Funding: without reform there’ll be a crisis

“Crisis? What Crisis?

 Joint union letter on funding to The Sunday Times

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17 Responses to “Funding, funding, funding (updated)”

  1. Richard Fraser 10. Nov, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    From Twitter: Sam Freedman ‏@Samfr · Nov 8
    “People, on average, don’t think education spending has fallen yet. It’s actually been cut 13%.”

  2. Roy Colvile 10. Nov, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Do we have any data on the cut per pupil to post-16 funding in schools? Teachers I know who teach a lot of A-level are being asked to increase productivity (which usually means hours spent working evenings and weekend) by around 20%…

    • Richard Fraser 12. Nov, 2015 at 9:19 am #

      Pre and post-16 funding comes from separate sources, and are both formula-based, although the formulas are different, with pre-16 funding being related more to the number and age of pupils, and post-16 funding relating more to the number of pupils and the particular type and number of qualifications they are studying. This makes it difficult to stipulate exact figures.

      However, generally speaking, education funding is 22% higher for pre-16, compared with post-16 and, whilst pre-16 funding has been protected (albeit at a flat rate) for the past five years, post-16 funding has been cut three times and is vulnerable to further cuts in the future.

      Overall, post-16 funding fell by about 16% between 2010-11 and 2014-15. Average funding is now around £4000 per post-16 student, compared with £4,700 for each pre-16 secondary pupil.

      The situation is complicated by the fact that schools may use pre-16 funding to cross-subsidise post-16 provision.

      To be financially self-sustainable, a school sixth form would need around 200 pupils but, as many school sixth forms are much smaller than this, they will have to rely on cross-subsidisation or other efficiencies (e.g. larger classes, offering fewer course options or increasing teaching hours).

  3. Richard Fraser 23. Nov, 2015 at 7:16 am #

    “Plans to redress differences in school funding across England are expected to be outlined in the Autumn Statement. Change will begin in 2017-18 after consultation on the details, which could happen in early 2016, George Osborne is likely to say on Wednesday,” according to BBC

  4. Richard Fraser 11. Jul, 2016 at 8:37 am #

    Free school meals report not published

  5. Richard Fraser 19. Sep, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    Early years funding: changes to funding for 3 and 4 year olds
    Voice’s response to DfE’s consultation

  6. Richard Fraser 23. Nov, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    Disappointing #AutumnStatement does nothing to address funding, recruitment and retention crises in #education and #childcare

  7. Richard Fraser 11. Jan, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    “Heads warn MPs of cutting teachers” (BBC News)
    “Head teachers have rejected the government’s new funding deal as failing to tackle “chronic shortages”. Hundreds of head teachers in West Sussex have written to MPs…”

  8. Richard Fraser 01. Feb, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    “Academies fall short on funding”

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