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NAHT responds to Gavin Williamson speech at Conservative Party Conference

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said: “I am pleased that the government eventually accepted that new money for education is needed. A year ago they were denying that the funding crisis was real. They have delivered a significant amount. But when you analyse the figures behind the headline promise, as the IFS has done for example, there will still be no real terms funding growth in per pupil funding from 2009/10 to 2022/23. That’s a funding freeze that’s lasted for thirteen years.

“Schools won’t receive a penny until next year. In the meantime, their budgets are still at breaking point and they are struggling to make ends meet. There are also some obvious gaps in what’s been promised. Early years, SEND and sixth form education are all areas of concern for us.

“The government now has ambitious plans for Further Education. The £120m mentioned today is a re-announcement of money pledged in the Spending Review. We have campaigned alongside other organisations for the 16-19 funding rate to be raised to £4,760 per student. It will be difficult to achieve what has been promised when the funding announced lags so significantly behind what’s needed.”

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Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
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Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
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