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NAHT urges Westminster to confront school budget crisis

17.10.17: The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is imploring the government to begin serious work on school budgets. The independent union has sent letters to every single MP setting out four reasons for school funding being at a “br...

New funding system for schools ‘not sustainable in long term’

18.09.17: Councils have this week criticised the government’s new funding system for schools, which they argue is “not sustainable in the long term”. It follows the Department for Education (DfE) announcing new measures to “pu...

Most council complaints in 2016-17 relate to education and children’s services

02.08.17: Councils received the most complaints about education and children’s services last year, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has today revealed. In its release of data about local government complaints for 2016-17, adult so...

Counties claim £1.3bn school boost falls flat of addressing chronic underfunding

18.07.17: County councils have today warned that the £1.3bn funding announced for schools yesterday is positive in the short term, but that more needs to be done to redress inequalities in funding across the country. Yesterday, education secret...

Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

26.05.17: Conservative plans to reduce spending on schools would lead to a 7% real-terms cut for the education sector between 2015-16 and 2021-22, according to experts from the Institute of Fiscal Studies. In an observation, which looked at the conse...

Unions urge politicians to address £3bn education ‘funding crisis’

15.05.17: Four unions have demanded parliamentary candidates to pledge to opposing school funding cuts that are expected to rise to £3bn a year by 2020. The National Union of Teachers, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, the National Ass...

IFS warns of ‘trade-off’ implementing Labour’s bold education funding promise

10.05.17: The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has put its backing behind Labour’s pledge to invest heavily in education infrastructure – around £8.4bn a year by 2020-21. However, the organisation raised concern about how the part...

MPs call for ‘whole-school approach’ to tackling mental health problems

04.05.17: Financial pressures are restricting the ability of schools to support children suffering with mental health problems, MPs have this week warned. In a joint inquiry conducted by the Health Committee and the Education Committee, it was conclu...

PAC: Government spending ‘over the odds’ on creating free schools

26.04.17: Concern has been raised that the government’s system of funding to build new schools and create places is “poor value for money,” the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has today stated. In the ‘Capital funding for scho...

London Councils raises concern over ‘inflexible’ apprenticeship levy

10.04.17: Concern has been raised by London Councils over the government’s new levy to boost apprenticeship opportunities in the UK, saying that the policy’s lack of flexibility could lead to councils not being able to spend their allocation a...

Budget cuts having ‘detrimental’ impact on education standards

10.04.17: Pressure being placed on schools from heavy cuts to funding is having a detrimental effect on the quality of education in the UK, a survey published by two teachers’ unions has revealed. The warning comes just a week after the governm...

Whitehall ‘does not understand’ severity of declining school standards, say PAC

29.03.17: Education standards at schools in England are at risk of spiralling further into decline should the Department for Education continue with its harsh series of funding cuts coupled with unrealistic efficiency targets, a report released by the Pub...

Cuts to education grants could leave five million children at risk, says LGA

16.03.17: Councils could be at risk of failing to fulfil their duties of protecting school children under new rules and funding arrangements that will see £600m worth of grants cut from budgets, local authorities have warned today. Local counci...

Spring Budget: Further education devolution needed to fix broken school estate

09.03.17: Councils have urged the government to further devolve powers for education funding to local government following the chancellor’s promise in the Spring Budget to open 500 new free schools by 2020. Philip Hammond also announced that &p...

Academies making it harder for councils to provide first-choice school places

02.03.17: More than half of local councils saw a drop in the proportion of children given their first choice of secondary school, a report on secondary school figures revealed, fuelling evidence that councils were finding it increasingly difficult to acco...

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