Today, the Education Select Committee has launched a new inquiry into how the government funds schools and colleges.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT said: “This is an important move from the Education Select Committee. School and college funding is the issue that just won’t go away. There are too many parents, teachers, governors and school leaders pushing for more money for their children for the government to ignore these calls any longer. Hopefully, the extra focus from the select committee will open the door to the Treasury and we’ll see fresh investment.
“Last year the DfE found £1.3bn from within its own budget to direct to schools but that doesn’t even go halfway towards addressing the £2.8bn of real terms cuts that have happened since 2015. We’ve written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond asking for an urgent meeting, and we will be pressing home the importance of additional funding for schools and colleges to Damian Hinds when he addresses our annual conference in Liverpool at the beginning of May.
“Tomorrow, we will be holding a summit in Manchester, to highlight the problems with school funding that exist in the North West, but this is a truly nationwide problem. All schools are affected. Over the weekend we expect to see hundreds of events with thousands of parents, governors, staff and school leaders all protesting against school cuts. They will be encouraged by this enquiry, which we’ve been pushing for since Robert Halfon first took over the chair of the committee."
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