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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

Fair Funding for Wales: New report sounds alarm over budget cuts.

NAHT Cymru has launched a new report – Fair Funding For Wales: Ambitious Change Needs Real Spending.

The report, based on a survey of our members, attempts to lift the lid on the crisis that is school funding in Wales.

For too long, schools have suffered at the hands of austerity, unfunded pay awards and now spiralling utility costs have left many schools at breaking point.

The report demonstrates the real impact funding cuts are having to staffing and the knock-on effect this will inevitably have on the delivery of education.

We are calling for all 22 Local Authorities in Wales to meet with us, discuss the report and pledge to work together to ensure all that can be done to protect school finances.

We are going through an ambitious report agenda, but schools are being asked to do this without the tools they need.

Now is the time to make a stand, speak out and campaign for the money schools so desperately need.

Read the full report in English

Read the full report in Welsh

Read the press release

First published 23 January 2024