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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

SEND and AP members: tell us how the government offer affects you

During pay and funding talks, NAHT pressed the government to give specific attention to the impact that the current pay offer and funding arrangements will have for special schools and alternative provision (AP) settings in particular.

Throughout the talks with the Department for Education (DfE), all the unions repeatedly highlighted the unique nature of special schools and AP, and urged the government to be mindful of the specific ongoing financial pressures they are facing.

Since the government’s announcement last week, we have again pressed this issue with the DfE and argued the points being raised by our members.

To help us continue this work, we need to hear from members in special schools or AP who believe the funding they will receive will fall significantly short of the 3% they should expect. These anonymised case studies will be an important part of our work in this area.

If you feel able to help with this, we will need the following information (on an anonymised basis):

  • The number of places in your school
  • Your teaching and leadership bill for seven months of the year (this should only include those subject to the STPCD and paid on the teaching and leadership scales)
  • The allocation you expect to receive in the first payment from the government, and your calculation for what percentage of your seven-month bill you have calculated this to represent.

To provide that information, email us at policy@naht.org.uk.

As you will be aware, the funding rate announced was £260 per place, plus any relevant area cost adjustment.

Please be aware that we will not be able to reply to every email we receive, but they will all be read and considered carefully by the team as part of our ongoing work in this area.

First published 20 July 2023