Commenting on the second annual report on education spending in England from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) published today (Thursday 19 September), Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:
“Today’s analysis by IFS shows that schools have suffered an unprecedented 13-year funding freeze. While new money announced to arrest the decline is very welcome, and should at least return schools to 2009 funding levels, this could still leave school leaders struggling to make ends meet. The expectations on schools are far more extensive than they used to be, and with fewer resources and services available to them.
“This report shows just how much spending has been cut on preventative services for families. Schools are on the front-line when it comes to helping families and dealing with children’s mental health and wellbeing. They know that early intervention is key but in the absence of proper expert support they are left struggling to pick up the pieces. It seems clear from this report that waiting until crisis point before young people can access help only ends up costing more.”
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