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Academies data shows funding levels unsustainable, warns NAHT

Commenting on statistics released by the DfE today on income and expenditure in academies, Paul Whiteman, general secretary designate of NAHT, the union for school leaders said: “these statistics are damning. In the year ending in August 2016, the total revenue expenditure in academies exceeded income by £280 million. Although much of this could have come from reserves, it does show that school funding levels are unsustainable.

“All schools, across all phases of education, are finding it hard to balance budgets. In our annual Breaking Point surveypublished in January, 72 per cent of school leaders told us that their budgets will be unsustainable by 2019. Today’s figures show that many schools will find it difficult unless real terms cuts are addressed. Within secondary academies, median income per pupil has fallen from £6,340 in 2011/12 to £5,714 in 2015/16. It cannot be right that per pupil spending is going down, at a time when costs schools are facing are going up. This is storing up trouble for the years ahead.

“NAHT has been campaigning for several months to press the government to fund education fully and fairly. The Treasury needs to deliver additional funding in schools in the Autumn Budget. Without this, schools cannot continue to deliver the high level of education we all want to see.”

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