Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, which represents the majority of schools in England, said:
“We are hearing encouraging words from the new Prime Minister on school funding. This is the first time the government has officially recognised what school leaders have been saying for years – that school funding has been cut in real terms, while at the same time schools have been faced with rapidly rising costs. The suggestion is that the government plans to address the school funding crisis and invest properly in schools, and this is of course welcome.
“But schools cannot budget based on warm words alone. There is confusion over what is actually being promised and when. What schools need is a clear and concrete funding plan to be officially announced – and they need it now. Schools leaders are currently budgeting for the new school year, which starts in just a month. They are already having to make heart-breaking decisions on what to cut as they struggle to balance budgets stretched to breaking point.
“Schools and colleges desperately need an immediate multi-billion-pound emergency investment, as well as a long-term commitment to education funding. Schools can’t wait until 2022 or until Brexit is sorted for this money – action has to be taken now.”
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