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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

Staff and pupil safety must be ‘an absolute priority’ says NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman, in response to National Audit Office report

A new report published today by the National Audit Office highlights the worsening condition of some school buildings after years of underfunding.

Writing in today’s Express newspaper, NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman said 'the government has failed to show the urgency and leadership needed to get a grip on this worrying situation', adding 'We fear it will only be a matter of time before a child is seriously injured unless the government acts decisively.'

NAHT is calling for an ambitious long-term school rebuilding strategy to ensure that every pupil is taught in a building that is safe and fit for purpose.

First published 28 June 2023