As the sector swings into action for the new school year, the pressures of squeezed budgets continue to affect many schools up and down the country. In the next two weeks, the National Governance Association will be publishing the results of their joint survey with Tes, which put the impact of increased cost pressures and real term cuts into sharp relief. Two other surveys have been published this week, each highlighting different aspects of the funding crisis.
Unison found that 87% of support staff surveyed in May either said there had been significant cuts to staff and resources in their workplace or that managers had warned of future cuts. 70% said that they undertook tasks previously performed by a more senior colleague, often because other posts had been made redundant.
A separate survey by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) focused on support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Just 2% of the school leaders who responded said that the top up funding they received was sufficient to meet the needs of pupils with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) or statements.
The National Governance Association will continue to work with unions, parent groups and other key stakeholders to campaign for an increase in both the overall schools funding and the high needs funding. The voices of governors and trustees can be powerful in making a case for further investment; the NGA is encouraging governing boards to write to their MPs and invite them to visit their school to see the impact on pupils’ education with their own eyes. They would appreciate those willing to share their experiences and any action they have taken with them and can be contacted here: firstname.lastname@example.org