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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…”
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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.”
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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: