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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 survey shows the majority of schools in England are looking at redundancies due to the funding crisis

NAHT has released the findings of its latest funding survey, revealing the desperate cuts schools are having to make in the face of rising costs and government underfunding.

In the largest survey of school leaders ever taken, more than 11,000 school leaders in England responded with the majority of schools reporting that they will have to make redundancies next year.

  • Two thirds (66%) say they will have to make teaching assistants redundant or reduce their hours
  • Half (50%) say they are looking at reducing the number of teachers or teaching hours.

Paul Whiteman, NAHT general secretary, said:
“Schools are being hit by a perfect storm of costs. In attempting to balance their budgets, school leaders are being faced with eye-watering energy bills, spiralling costs to resources and supplies, and the financial impact of an unfunded pay increase this year. With no fat left to cut following a decade of austerity, many thousands of schools are now looking at falling into deficit unless they make swingeing cuts. Education is truly in a perilous state.”

Read the full press release here

Read NAHT's new funding report, ‘The Cliff Edge: the nations’s underfunded and overstretched school budgets'

Our survey findings are receiving a lot of press and media coverage  here are just a few examples:

First published 08 November 2022