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Schools are at breaking point as funding is not keeping up with the expenditure schools face. The government’s funding commitment for schools is not adequate and equates to a real-terms cut in education spending. The situation is critical for schools, so NAHT is campaigning to:

Lobby the government to provide sufficient funding for the education of all pupils 


  • Support the School Cuts campaign
  • Lobby for provision of accessible and available health, social care and other therapeutic services to support pupils' educational progress and attainment
  • Lobby for sufficient funding for the High Needs block
  • Lobby for sufficient funding to support pupils with SEND in all mainstream schools
  • Lobby for more funding for early years education; including specific funding to stabilise and protect the maintained nursery school sector
  • Support the Raise the Rate campaign to ensure sufficient funding for students in sixth form / FE / KS5 education
  • Maximise the funding for pupil premium for schools through auto enrolment
  • Press the government to provide appropriate support to schools for financial planning and resource management
  • Develop a better understanding of the unique challenges facing small schools and lobby the government to ensure their long-term sustainability
  • Lobby government to introduce the hard funding formula

Lobby to ensure that schools have sufficient funds to provide a safe environment for pupils and staff

  • Press for the phased removal of asbestos from the school estate
  • Lobby the DfE to secure sufficient capital funding and restoration of the school estate where required
  • Press the government to ensure that health and safety regulations maintain the highest standard of safety within schools
  • Lobby the DfE to support members to effectively manage the school estate

NAHT responds to government consultation on fire safety in schools

On 17 August, NAHT signed a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Education, covering its response to the government's consultation on its non-statutory guidance in England, on 'Design for fire safety in schools: building bulletin 100' (BB100).

The letter, written by a coalition of fire safety and education organisations, urges the government 'to immediately reconsider and expand its proposals to mandate sprinklers in all new build and major refurbished school projects, not just special educational needs (SEN) schools, boarding schools and those over 11 metres.'

At the same time, NAHT submitted its formal and detailed response to the government's consultation on fire safety in schools in England

NAHT is clear in its response that the government must listen to the call from experts and commit to going further for children to ensure their safety and the protection of their schools.

First published 18 August 2021