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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

Asbestos - NAHT submits its response to the DWP's call for evidence

​NAHT has responded to the Department for Work and Pensions' call for evidence on how the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) manages asbestos, which remains prevalent in schools and other buildings more than 20 years after its use was banned.

The dangers of asbestos in schools are self-evident. Asbestos is present on-site in 83.5% of schools, according to Department for Education's figures. According to HSE data, all together, 380 teachers (aged younger than 75) have died from mesothelioma between 1980 and 2010. 

NAHT is continuing to campaign for the careful removal of all asbestos from the school estate, rather than the government's current policy of leaving it in situ, where wear and tear to school buildings can expose asbestos and cause lethal fibres to be released.

NAHT has responded individually and as part of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee. You can read our response here

First published 22 September 2021