Last week, leaders of school leaders and teachers unions have written to the Prime Minister and Chancellor on the topics of school funding and the teachers’ pay settlement.
The leaders of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the National Education Union (NEU) express disappointment with the teachers’ pay settlement announced in July and with the fact that, despite additional funding being allocated through a grant, schools will have to find the first 1% of this from their existing budgets.
The Department for Education (DfE) will be distributing £187 million in additional funds to schools to allow them to meet the cost above 1% in 2018-19. The funding will be allocated according to the number of pupils in a mainstream setting or number of places for a high needs setting (with some protection for very small schools). This means that some schools may receive more or less than they are expecting depending on how many teachers they have on each pay scale.
Details of the methodology have been published here and allocations will be published later this month (look out for items in future newsletters). Payments will be made to schools later in the autumn.
In the current context, with many schools struggling to balance their budgets, implementing the pay award may be challenging and governing boards should ensure their school understands the cost of the award and the amount they will get from the grant as soon as possible.