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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

Relaunch of the School Cuts website

Tomorrow (Saturday, 24 February 2024), in partnership with NEU, ASCL and ParentKind, we will be relaunching our joint campaign website, School Cuts (https://schoolcuts.org.uk/), aimed at urging the prime minister to prioritise school funding.

Our primary ask remains consistent: an additional investment of £12.2bn for next year. This funding allocation is essential to address critical issues within our education system, including restoring school spending power to 2010/11 levels in real terms, meeting capital investment recommendations from the Office for Government Property and preventing the worsening of the crisis in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) support.

This relaunch builds on the momentum generated by our priority campaigns, launched at the start of February. By renewing our efforts and amplifying our message through this joint campaign, we aim to mobilise support further and push for tangible action from policymakers.

Please visit the campaign website when it relaunches tomorrow, with its updated statistics showing how much funding has been cut from all schools since 2010/11 (in terms of cuts to their spending power) and what this equates to on a per-pupil basis, and to actively engage in promoting it to your respective networks and communities, encouraging members to sign the petition asking prime minister Rishi Sunak to avoid a funding crisis for schools next year. 

To bolster your outreach efforts, campaign graphics are available here for your use on social media. These resources will help amplify our message and reach a wider audience.

Together, we can continue to drive positive change and secure the necessary resources for our schools and pupils.



First published 23 February 2024